“From the outside looking in, I knew it was a great place,” Martin said. “But actually when I got here, it turned out to be a special place, with how the fans are with the players, how the teammates were with one another, how the coaches went about their business on the court; for the players, making sure we had everything in front of us to be successful. That’s something I learned not to take for granted because I’ve never been in a situation like this. All in all, it was quite enjoyable.”
We asked Martin what he’d be willing to play for.
“This is a place I’d love to be,” Martin said. “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.
“I’m at a point in my career where I don’t need to get what I can get. 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.”
Minnesota is not anything special, though the Timberwolves should be improved. But let’s cut Martin some slack. He’s 30 years old. He’s still got some prime earning years.
The Thunder will miss Martin. I will miss Martin. And Martin will miss OKC.