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.”
IBAKA WILL NOT PARTICIPATE IN DUNK CONTEST
Serge Ibaka said Friday that he will not participate in this year's slam dunk contests at All-Star Weekend in Houston.
“No. I don't think so,” Ibaka said. “My focus right now is about team and trying to get back to the Finals. So right now my focus is on my team.”
Ibaka was a participant two years ago in Los Angeles but finished third in the contest won by Blake Griffin.
Ibaka garnered a bit of buzz for possibly being a member of the All-Star team. But coaches did not vote Ibaka in as a reserve, which prompted the big man to post the word “motivation” to this Twitter account shortly after the televised announcement.
“Both my teammates and James (Harden), we started together,” Ibaka explained. “It's just about work, nothing All-Star. I know those guys, they work hard like I do, and they deserve it. It kind of gave me motivation.”
BROOKS SAYS PERRY JONES III DESERVING OF MINUTES
In Wednesday's game at Golden State, Brooks surprisingly played rookie forward Perry Jones III late in the first quarter and early in the second period. Two days later, Brooks explained that his decision was partly because the Warriors were playing small, partly because it was the second night of a back-to-back and partly because he simply wanted to “give him a look.”
Jones grabbed one rebound in three minutes, but was a plus-five during his time.
“I thought the three or four minutes (he played) he gave us good minutes,” Brooks said. “It's also deserved. He's been working hard. There's not a lot of minutes to be had, but I wanted to keep him in the mix and keep him ready and keep him sharp and keep him focused on their might be a time that we need him. I thought he did a good job the last two games that I put him in.”