Cleveland Cavaliers To Target Kevin Martin If Joe Johnson Not Available

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Feb 26, 2016 12:30 PM EST
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Minnesota Timberwolves guard Kevin Martin drives to the basket during a home game."

The NBA buyouts continue for players who were not traded at the league deadline. Already big names Anderson Varejao, Joe Johnson and JJ Hickson have all been bought out by their teams and more deals are coming. The Minnesota Timberwolves complete a buyout of Andre Miller and are now in talks with Kevin Martin according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

Stein reports that Martin and the Timberwolves are deep in discussions for a buyout as the team looks to move forward with their younger unit. The 33-year-old has not seen much playing time this season as they focus on player development. As a result, the Timberwovles no longer feel they should keep Martin on the roster along with his $7.4 million deal. While his stats are not impressive, team's will eye a deal to help for the playoffs.

Stein lists teams like the Dallas Mavericks, New York Knicks and Miami Heat as options for Martin. The Cavaliers are also reportedly interested in acquiring Martin. Cleveland looked into a trade for Martin at the deadline according to Chris Hayes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer and they could try to make a move again for him now that he is available on a cheaper deal. However, they have someone else higher up on their list.

On Thursday, Johnson had his contract bought out by the Brooklyn Nets according to Stein. With the guard now waived, the Cavaliers are the heavy favorites to sign Johnson. The team is looking for scoring help as offensive consistency has been an issue this year. They are trying to build an offense that can keep up with the likes of the Golden State Warriors. Either Johnson or Martin would help in the effort. 

With Johnson and Martin both being aging veterans, they will want to sign with a contending team and the  Cavaliers certainly fit the mold. However, Cleveland is not the only team looking at both players. The Miami Heat and Dwyane Wade are ready to make a push for Johnson. The Mavericks still think they are contenders for the Western Conference. The Houston Rockets are considering adding another piece. If the Cavaliers want to pick up someone for help, they must move quickly.

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