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NBA Free Agency Rumors: Kenyon Martin In Talks With Atlanta Hawks

Atlanta will have stiff competition for the former All-Star, who has been ineligible to play the first half of the NBA's lockout-shortened season due to a contract he signed in China.

The Atlanta Hawks met with representatives for one of the most coveted free agents on the open market, former Denver Nuggets PF Kenyon Martin, earlier this week.

Martin is one of four players who signed with the Chinese Basketball Association instead of waiting out the resolution of the NBA lockout. The CBA's contracts prevented them from playing in the NBA until after the resolution of the Chinese regular season, so Martin has been working out in Los Angeles to stay in shape until he's eligible to play in the NBA at some point in February.

There will be a stiff bidding for the former All-Star's services, as the Clippers, Spurs, Heat and Knicks have all been linked to the 6'9 240 forward.

Atlanta will be unable to offer more than a minimum salary to Martin, but Al Horford's injury has left a glaring hole in their front-line, and Martin could step in right away and play a big role for the Hawks.

In 48 games for the Nuggets last year, Martin averaged 8.6 points on 51% shooting, 6.2 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 0.7 blocks a game.

For the latest rumors out of Atlanta, head over to Peachtree Hoops.

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