Had his productivity remained on par with Harden's, the Thunder wouldn't have been able to afford to keep the 30-year-old Martin, who earned $12.4 million this season and will become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
Oddly enough, when OKC's season abruptly finished by losing 4-1 to Memphis in the second round of the playoffs, Martin was left thirsting for more playing days with the Thunder.
“Yes, definitely that's a chapter that's unfinished,” Martin said.
Though Martin did not share specific salary numbers during his exit interview with the media, he did admit his decision won't hinge solely on signing with the highest bidder.
“I'm at a point in my career where I don't need to get what I can get (monetarily),” Martin said. “It's more about happiness, and looking back on this experience, I've been on both sides of the fence — being on a championship-caliber team and being on a team trying to make it into the playoffs — so I have a vision of what I want my career to be, and the main thing is happiness and being a part of something special.
“This is a place I'd love to be. Just had a great talk with Sam (Presti) and Scott (Brooks) that I'll keep between us three right now. It's going into a territory I've never been in, being an unrestricted free agent. I'm going to have some options out there, so I just have to see how the process plays out.”