Thunder notebook: Kevin Martin hopes to stay in Oklahoma City

by Darnell Mayberry Published: January 25, 2013

Thunder guard Kevin Martin reiterated his preference to remain with the Thunder beyond this season.

Martin, who is set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, told Yahoo! Sports that OKC is “my spot.”

“This summer, hopefully everything works out here,” Martin is quoted as saying. “I haven't said that too often. But I will put it out there. Hopefully I have found a home in the NBA. I love playing with this group of guys. The organization is great to me. The community has been great to me. It's the happiest I have been during my NBA career.”

Martin then added, “This is my spot … hopefully.”

The Thunder can begin negotiations with Martin on a new contract on July 1.

THUNDER TAKES PRIDE IN AGAIN HAVING TWO ALL-STARS

Russell Westbrook on Thursday night was officially named a reserve on the Western Conference All-Star team, joining Thunder teammate Kevin Durant, who was voted in as a starter.

“I take a lot of pride with Russell,” said Thunder coach Scott Brooks. “I feel like we've worked very well together for the last five years. I love him as a kid. I like what he's about … He's as competitive as any player I've ever been around. And he's not only one of the best point guards he's one of the best players.

“It's not too many guys in this league that can do what he does on both ends of the floor. And I think the success we've had in the last four years is a direct result of how he plays and how he prepares and how he leads our team.”

Brooks then praised both his All-Stars for being great leaders.

“It's really well-earned and I'm happy for him,” Brooks said of Westbrook. “Along with KD, they both are great ambassadors not only to our team but the entire NBA.”

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by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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