Sometimes you can’t tell if the Knicks are throwing a reunion party for the Denver Nuggets or just collecting aging power forwards like antiques.
Kenyon Martin is a rare find because he falls into both categories: a once-great power forward in the twilight of his career who can now say he has played with Carmelo Anthony, J.R. Smith and Marcus Camby in both Denver and New York.
The free-falling Knicks took yet another gamble on an injury-prone player on Thursday by signing Martin, the No. 1 pick in the 2000 NBA draft and former Net, to a 10-day contract. The move came after the Knicks traded the forgotten Ronnie Brewer to the Oklahoma City Thunder for a second-round pick and a trade exception.
The Knicks had been keeping close tabs on Martin for weeks and felt the need to make a move with both Rasheed Wallace and Camby sidelined with foot injuries.
“He’s a versatile player,” Knicks general manager Glen Grunwald said of Martin. “I think it gives us a little more depth and insurance.”
Martin will not be available on Friday when the Knicks, who have lost four of the last five games, face the Toronto Raptors. In all likelihood, Martin will make his Knicks debut on Sunday at the Garden against Philadelphia.
Martin, 35, is Jason Kidd’s former running mate with the Nets who has been out of basketball since appearing in 42 games with the Los Angeles Clippers last season. It is unclear why Martin remained unemployed through 50-plus games, although there was talk of the Miami Heat offering him a 10-day deal.
The fact that Martin can guard multiple positions is a plus, but signing him suggests that the Knicks are concerned about Wallace, sidelined two months with a left foot stress fracture, and Camby, who returned to practice on Thursday after being out a month with plantar fasciitis.


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