The Atlanta Hawks signed forward Cartier Martin today, announced President of Basketball Operations/GM Danny Ferry via an official news release. According to club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. However, it’s all but certain just for the remainder of training camp. Chris Vivlamore of the AJC reports it’s a “non-fully guaranteed contract.”
The 6’7″, 220-pound forward was a four-year player at Kansas State and is one of the top all-time scoring leaders at the school, but went undrafted in 2007 and had to go overseas to play where he signed with Antalya Büyükşehir Belediyesi of the Turkish Basketball League. After one season in Europe, Martin was selected in the first round (15th overall) of the 2008 NBA Development League Draft by the Iowa Energy.
Martin spent the last four years bouncing around from the Bobcats, Warriors and Wizards, appearing in 161 NBA games, as well as serving stints over in Italy and China and a few more times in the D-League with the Energy. He has career NBA marks of 5.4 points and 2.1 rebounds in 14.2 minutes per game, along with a .389 FG, .381 3FG%, and .725 FT%.
The Hawks released three players yesterday and are in need of an extra small forward behind starter DeMarre Carroll and the combo SG/SF Kyle Korver. Camp invite James Johnson survived the first cut after Damien Wilkins and Adonis Thomas were waived, all of which are SFs — former Ohio St. SG David Lighty was the third player released yesterday.
Atlanta’s training camp roster now sits at 18 players. They need to trim it down to the regular-season maximum of 15 by opening night.
The team currently has 12 players on guaranteed deals, plus Mike Scott on a partially-guaranteed contract worth $100K. Assuming the Hawks fully commit to Scott (which they should!), there will be two final spots left up for grabs among Shelvin Mack, James Johnson, Eric Dawson and Royal Ivey.
Stay tuned for a post breaking down which players have the best shot at making the 15-man roster.