The Atlanta Hawks have officially signed Cartier Martin to a second 10-day contract, announced President of Basketball Operations/General Manager Danny Ferry on Tuesday via an official news release.
Hawks beat writer Chris Vivlamore of the AJC was the first to report the organization would “likely” extend another 10-day contract to Martin.
However, the timing of the new deal it is a bit surprising.
As I wrote yesterday, if Atlanta were to sign Martin on Tuesday to a second 10-day contract (which they did), they would only have him for a maximum of four games before his contract would expire on Feb. 21. The upcoming All-Star break, which lasts from Friday-Sunday, takes up half the length of the contract with two games before the break and the other two after.
I thought Ferry & Co. would have played these next two games before the All-Star break without Martin, opting to sign him after the break was over.
If the Hawks did this and waited to ink the deal on Feb. 18, the first game back from all-star festivities, they would have Martin for a stretch of six games before the deal would expire on Feb. 28. Instead, with the signing happening yesterday, they only have him for the next four games.
Like I said, the timing of Martin’s new contract is a bit strange, but I’m sure Ferry knows what he’s doing.
Martin has played in 27 games with the Hawks this season, 25 of which were on an initial pair of 10-day contracts before he got released in January prior to his contract being guaranteed for the remainder of the year. After getting released by Atlanta, he served a short six-game stint in Chicago on another pair of 10-day deals. Martin was then brought back by the Hawks on Feb. 1. Since re-signing, he has posted a combined 13 points and three rebounds in two games for the Hawks.
Just with Atlanta, Martin has averaged 6.6 points and 2.0 rebounds in 17.0 minutes per game, while shooting 41.5% from downtown and 82.1% from the charity-stripe. He averaged just 2.5 points in 7.9 minutes through six contests with Chicago.
On the season, Martin has played in 33 total games, putting up 5.8 points and 1.8 rebounds in 15.3 minutes per game, while draining 42.6% of his 3-pointers, which is tied for ninth-best in the NBA.
It’s also worth noting the Hawks can’t trade Martin at the deadline. However, the team could abort his deal early to open up a roster spot for an unbalanced trade if needed. The Hawks have 14 guaranteed contracts, so Martin occupies the team’s only open roster spot.