GM: Talks with K-Mart 'going pretty well'

LAS VEGAS -- Now that they got their man Metta World Peace, will the Knicks get their second in Kenyon Martin?

They remain in hot pursuit, and according to GM Glen Grunwald on Tuesday, continued negotiations with Martin's agent, Andy Miller, have been positive.

"We are still very interested in Kenyon and giving him full consideration," said Grunwald, who can only offer the 35-year-old forward a contract in the veteran's minimum range. "We're just having discussions with Kenyon and his agent, and they're going pretty well at this time."

Kenyon Martin

Kenyon Martin

#3 PF
New York Knicks

2013 STATS

  • GM18
  • PPG7.2

  • RPG5.3

  • APG0.4

  • FG%.602

  • FT%.425

Grunwald also said the Knicks are considering signing a backup for Tyson Chandler. At this point, they have no true centers in the second unit, and last season they had three: Marcus Camby, Kurt Thomas and Rasheed Wallace.

On the topic, Grunwald said, "It's a good question and, yes, we're looking into that right now, but we have nothing to report."

As for cheap big men still available, the list includes Cole Aldrich, Earl Barron, Jason Collins, Jared Jeffries, Jerome Jordan, Shavlik Randolph and Jeremy Tyler. Barron joined the Knicks late last season, and Jordan and Tyler are currently on the summer league team. Grunwald said the team might save some roster spots heading into training camp.

A league source said Camby will likely get bought out by the Raptors, as he was an unhappy getting traded there and wants to play for a championship-caliber team. He cannot re-sign with the Knicks, however, for this upcoming season due to CBA trade rules.

NATE THE GREAT: The Knicks are also in the hunt for a third point guard. Could it be Knicks' summer league player Toure Murry, unrestricted free agent Aaron Brooks or even former Knick Nate Robinson?

"Nate had a great year last year in Chicago," Grunwald said. "Nate was great for Chicago and we're exploring players, but we have nothing to report right now."

Robinson, however, is in the market for more than the veteran's minimum, according to a player source. In addition, the Knicks have some concerns that he and J.R. Smith, who both have the mentality of sixth man scorers, would step on each other's toes in the backcourt together coming off the bench.

FAMILY REUNION? Speaking of Smith, the Knicks are monitoring his younger bro, Chris, in Las Vegas.

"He's on our summer league team and we're evaluating him along with a lot of other players before training camp," Grunwald said. "It's premature to say anything about Chris right now, but he's playing well for us in the summer league."

It's likely, however, that Murry will get consideration over Smith because of his superior height, better defense, more polished scoring ability and improvements running the point. The Knicks brought in Murry to see how he would handle the transition from the 2 to the 1, according to a player source. And he's been impressing them.

Murry still has to work on his pick-and-roll game and finishing at the rim. His speed in the open court and midrange jump shot in transition are two of his best offensive assets, and on the defensive end, his 6-5 size, quick hands and full-court pressure make him a tough guy to beat off the dribble.

NEW TARGET? The Knicks have another point guard interest: Euroleague star Bobby Brown. On Tuesday in Las Vegas, they reportedly worked out the 28-year-old, who averaged 18.8 points and 5.3 assists this past season for Italy's Montepaschi Siena basketball club.

"He can play," a player source said. "He's a decent option [for the Knicks]."

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