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Kenyon Martin Agrees To 1-Year Deal To Return To Knicks

Former 1st-Overall Pick Will Play A Second Season With New York
Kenyon Martin (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Kenyon Martin (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – The New York Knicks have re-signed veteran forward Kenyon Martin.

General manager Glen Grunwald announced the signing Thursday.

The 35-year-old is expected to be the fourth big man off the Knicks’ bench behind Tyson Chandler, Andrea Bargnani and Amar’e Stoudemire.

The 6-foot-9 Martin averaged 7.2 points and 5.3 rebounds over 23.9 minutes in 18 games (11 starts) with New York last season. In 12 playoff games, he averaged 5.8 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.42 blocks over 21.1 minutes.

Martin originally signed the first of two consecutive 10-day contracts on Feb. 23, 2013 and then was signed for the remainder of the season on March 15.

“Kenyon did a fantastic job for us once he signed in February,” Grunwald said in a statement. “He strengthened our frontline going into an important stretch of the season with some very impressive performances. We are happy to have him back.”

The top overall selection in the 2000 draft out of Cincinnati by New Jersey, Martin helped the Nets make two NBA finals. He also has played for the Nuggets and Clippers, but has never been healthy enough to play an entire schedule in a season.

After Martin’s signing, the Knicks now have three open roster spots heading into training camp.

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