Joe Dumars has said he's interested in upgrading the roster at the 1, 2 and 3 positions, and ever since then the Detroit Pistons have been linked to just about every high-profile wing and point guard about to hit the market.
The latest name to add to the list is Oklahoma City Thunder's sweet-shooting reserve Kevin Martin. Other teams involved in the chase for Martin include the Oklahoma City Thunder (his current team), Milwaukee, New Orleans, Minnesota and Dallas.
Martin was the primary contributor the team got in return in the big James Harden deal. Things seemed to be working out for OKC right up until the point that Russell Westbrook went down and Martin had to go from third option only asked to hit open jumpers and the only player between Kevin Durant and double and triple teams.
Needless to say, Martin's game was exposed. That doesn't mean he's a useless player, however, and he would provide a lot of what Detroit is desperate for -- solid 3-point shooting.
As the third option on offense Martin was able to connect on 42 percent of his long-range looks while taking almost five per game. When asked to be a primary option on bad teams in Sacramento and Houston his shooting percentages of have dipped but he also showed the ability to put the ball on the floor and get to the line. From 2007-2011 Martin averaged nearly nine trips to the line per game and converted better than 87 percent of his free throws.
Martin has long been one of the more efficient scorers in the NBA, with a True Shooting Percentage of 60 percent or better in six of his nine seasons. But what he gives on offense he can give back on defense as he fluctuates from poor to passable as an individual defender.
Ideally, if the Pistons were able to sign Martin to a (reasonable) contract, they'd want to get a quality defender at point guard and/or small forward to pair him with.