Team mulls its options with small forward Martin
The Warriors' signing of small forward Cartier Martin to a second 10-day contract Wednesday was all but a matter of formality. What happens after this 10-day contract, however, is far from certain.
The Warriors have two options after Jan. 29. Option 1: Let Martin go and risk another team picking up the player they've eyed for a while. Option 2: Sign him for the rest of the season and give away one of their assets.
"I don't really know what's going to happen until it happens," said Martin, who now wears goggles after getting scratched in his right eye and receiving eight stitches.
The problem with option No. 1 is that the Warriors like Martin. During his first 10-day contract, in which he averaged 30.8 minutes in four games, Martin confirmed why the Warriors liked him since he was on their summer league team in July. Even though he's struggled with his scoring (averaging 7.0 points on 30.3 percent shooting), they like his defense and rebounding (5.8 per game). Plus, Corey Maggette is the only other small forward on the roster.
But do the Warriors like him enough to give away a valuable asset, especially one they could use before the Feb. 18 trade deadline?
The Warriors couldn't cut injured guard Speedy Claxton, whose $5.5 million expiring contract is one of their bigger pawns. Ditto for injured guard Raja Bell, who has a $5.2 million expiring contract.
Little-used forward Devean George is another option. But even his $1.6 million expiring contract could come in handy on the market, especially when coupled with Claxton or Bell.
The safest option would be to cut center Chris Hunter. The Warriors guaranteed Hunter for the rest of the season before signing Martin to his first 10-day contract. But not only has he struggled since then, but they would only be eating the nearly $200,000 he's due.
Or, the Warriors can waive Martin and hope no one picks him up, leaving him free to re-sign after the trade deadline. Or Martin could decide not to sign with any other team until then, if he wants to stay with the Warriors.
— Marcus Thompson II