A WELL-KNOWN agent is making a bid to bring in Kenyon Martin for the PBA Commissioner's Cup, although there's no word yet on whether a move to the local pro league would interest the NBA star.
Player agent Sheryl Reyes said she has started negotiations with the camp of the high-flying Martin, a 12-year NBA veteran who is without a team after a stint with the Los Angeles Clippers last season where he averaged 5.2 points and 4.3 rebounds in 42 games.
“I am moving heaven and earth to bring him here. Kenyon is now weighing his options,” said Reyes.
The 6-9 forward would be a big boost for any team in the tournament that will feature imports of unlimited height, but Reyes declined to reveal which PBA ballclub she is representing in the negotiations.
“The deal is a go if Martin decides on it, his final decision will matter in the end,” she said.
Reyes has previously brought in imports like Sammy Monroe ( Barako Bull), Rodney White (Barako Bull), Donnel Harvey (Talk N’ Text), Chris Alexander (Ginebra), Leroy Hickerson (Air 21), Mario West (Meralco) and Olympian Champ Oguchi (Meralco).
She has also previously made attempts to bring in NBA stars Allen Iverson and Tracy McGrady. Reyes said she has ties with the US agency that eventually brought McGrady to China's pro league.
The agent is confident she can bring in Martin after another NBA veteran, Renaldo Balkman, signed up to play for the Petron Blaze Boosters in the import-laced tournament.
One of Martin's best friends is former Barako Bull import and Reyes client DerMarr Johnson, who the agent said has been bragging about the popularity of basketball in the Philippines, particularly the PBA.
“I am very persistent to bring Martin in, I am his fan and I’m sure Pinoy would love it,” concluded Reyes.