I have a gut feeling that this knee injury to Kenyon Martin will probably alter his career in a significant way especially if he decides he can play through this. KMart's play this year has been a career best and it's no coincidence that the minutes he's been playing at career high as well. A lot of this has been attributed to George Karl's tight 8-man player rotation, which is why we're seeing KMart and Birdman grappling with knee tendinitis. Here's a couple of Plans I came up with
Next year is the last year of KMart's max contract so he'll have a massive expiring contract that will look certainly attractive to any team ready to unload money at the start of the 2011-2012 season (which will possibly locked out). So with that in mind this may very well be the last year of KMart playing for the Nuggets. We saw last night what Nene was talking about when he said PF was his natural position as he was dominate around the rim yesterday with Petro playing Center. So the front office might be looking around next year for a team with a dominant Center and cheap ass owner looking to save a lot of money (Chris Kaman of the Clippers come to mind) for the lockout.
The other scenario that I really hope to see is using Kenyon to come off the bench in a Lamar Odom type of role (signing a contract extension that's in the park of 5 mill a year) . This way he can save his knees by playing some where in the neighborhood of 20 mins and be the sledgehammer that will make the 2nd unit of the opposing cry for mama. Nene would start at PF and maybe we can develop someone at Center (Petro might get there with enough meaningful minutes) who can box out and grab rebounds. Doing this gives us a 4 man rotation at PF and C which will equalize the minutes for all 4 of them and save their knees. I see a dynasty built with something like this
What do you guys think?