Long-term contract on Martin's mind

Long-term contract on Martin's mind
April 11, 2013, 10:30 pm
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Cartier Martin would like to stick around with the Wizards.

Yet to find a steady place to call home since leaving Kansas State in 2008, Martin has played in Italy, Turkey, China, the D-League and two other NBA teams.

Martin, who becomes a free agent at the end of the season, scored 16 points in a 120-99 loss at the New York Knicks earlier this week, making six of 12 shots, including four of 7 from three, in 20 minutes of play.

He had a season-high 23 points in a 101-92 loss at the Golden State Warriors on March 23, making 8 of 13 shots, including six of nine threes, in 30 minutes.

“At times, yeah,” Martin said about thinking of his future with three games left in the regular season.  “Especially dealing with these year-to-year contracts. You always have a sense and think about security and the best position for you and where you’ll end up next season. I’m confident that I’ll still be playing. I got to stay healthy.”

Martin, who has season averages of 6.5 points, 39.4% three-point shooting and 2.3 rebounds in 16 minutes, had a setback because of a hyper-extended left knee. There's also another problem: The Wizards have a backlog of forwards which makes it difficult for coach Randy Wittman to find him minutes. 

Every player in Martin's position trying to earn himself a long-term deal on an NBA roster needs playing time to prove his worth. Martin has watched undrafted D-Leaguers such as Anthony Tolliver (Hawks), Matt Barnes (Clippers) and Jeremy Lin (Rockets) play their way into job security. 

"I would love to be back in Washington. I love the fans here. I love the atmosphere. It’s a great place to play," he said. "If they want to bring me back, I’d feel more than (happy) to help them get to the playoffs next year."