Spurs officially sign Martin, waive Butler

The San Antonio Spurs announced today that they have officially signed guard Kevin Martin. Martin and the Minnesota Timberwolves agreed to a buyout just before last Tuesday’s deadline and the Spurs emerged as the favorites to land the 11-year veteran.

Martin was used sparingly this season by the Wolves, starting in just 12 games and averaging 21.4 minutes per game, 12 minutes less than he averaged last season. He also averaged 10.6 points and 2.1 rebounds per game.

Martin will provide some added depth to the shooting guard and small forward positions, and his proficiency beyond the arch should prove even more valuable.

In order to make room for Martin on the roster, the Spurs waived veteran forward Rasual Butler.

Butler, who was in his first season with the Spurs, was signed as a free agent on Sept. 28, 2015. He saw action in 46 games for the Silver and Black, averaging 2.7 points and 1.2 rebounds in 9.4 minutes.

According to Shams Charania of The Vertical, Martin agreed to sign with the Spurs last week, but the team struggled with the decision of who to waive between Butler and Matt Bonner.

Bonner’s chemistry with Spurs veterans, including Tim Duncan, factored into the decision to keep him. Bonner, 35, has played 10 of his 12 NBA seasons with the Spurs.

Martin could be available as soon as tomorrow’s home game against the Chicago Bulls. Martin, who will wear number 23 with the Spurs, rejoins former Wolves teammate Andre Miller with the Spurs.

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