KJ Martin landing spot #2: San Antonio Spurs
The San Antonio Spurs won’t offer Martin a winning environment, but they should offer him plenty of minutes and the tutelage of the winningest coach in NBA history. The Spurs' current forward rotation features Doug McDermott, Keita Bates-Diop, Isaiah Roby, and Jeremy Sochan. McDermott is a prime trade candidate, and Bates-Diop is a 26-year-old with all of 167 NBA games, meaning Martin should have a clear path to earn playing time.
The Spurs are in the first year of their teardown, and a player like Martin is a perfect flyer for them to take. He’s young and possesses top-tier explosiveness. The Spurs have turned non-shooters into Kawhi Leonard, and taking on projects as winning takes a backseat to development should be one of their priorities.
Martin’s defensive contributions have held him back from being in the Rockets' long term plans. Greg Popovich and the Spurs routinely trotted out top-five defenses (thank you, Tim Duncan) over their two-decade run as a playoff team, and it’s one of the best situations for him to maximize his potential on defense.