Cartier Martin has bounced around the NBA over the course of his six years in the league. The Atlanta Hawks waved the journeyman forward last week after he averaged 6.6 points in 25 games.
The former Washington Wizard didn’t find himself out of work very long after he signed a 10-day contract with the Chicago Bulls this past Friday. After trading Luol Deng to the Cleveland Cavaliers the Bulls needed an extra body. Martin stepped in and scored 12 points during his Bulls debut on Saturday against the Bobcats.
Martin spoke with CSNchicago about why he ultimately signed with the Bulls.
“I had a couple of options, but this just seemed like the best opportunity,” the Kansas State product explained. “Luol [Deng] leaving, it kind of opened up a lot of guard play and I was familiar with playing with D.J. [Augustin] a little bit, Kirk [Hinrich] as well, so a couple guys. I kind of like the Chicago style of playing, so I felt like it kind of fit my game a little bit. So it seemed like the perfect opportunity.”
Over the course of his career Martin has developed a reputation as a marksmen from three-point range (38.5 percent) and a rugged defender. On Monday Martin and the Bulls will welcome the Wizards to Chicago (CSN, 8 p.m.). Although currently on a 10-day contract Martin is confident he can find a consistent role, playing for coach Tom Thibodeau.
“I feel like I’m a hard-nosed guy, good defender. Go out and do whatever’s asked of me, good shooter. Bigger guard, so I can crash the boards. Just hard-nosed, play-hard type of guy, hustle. Get all the loose balls, trash guy,” he said. “[The Bulls are a] hard-nosed team. I know Coach Thibs is very tough on guys here and these guys are a very good defensive team. But at the same time, they need to score the ball as well so I feel like it’s a great fit for me.”