Ten day contracts can’t be fun for players. The pressure, insecurity and uncertainty they provide are far from optimal conditions for an athlete to play under. Saying that, if anyone in the NBA has mastered it at this stage, it would be Cartier Martin.
After signing a non-guaranteed contract with the Hawks before the beginning of the season, Martin could have been forgiven for thinking he may have found a home for this season at least. Things are rarely that straightforward in the NBA though. In order to reduce the cap implications of Martin’s roster slot, the Hawks waived the 29 year old in January, before his contract became guaranteed.
Although the Hawks plan was likely to re-sign him straight away, the Chicago Bulls had other ideas, and Martin would play on two ten day contracts in the Windy City. With Chicago deciding not to sign him following those, Martin found himself back in Atlanta, and eventually after two more ten day contracts, he was signed for the season.
Between all the turmoil of contract saga’s, Martin managed to play in 53 games for the Hawks. He offered a valuable contribution as a backup on the wing, an area where the Hawks were badly in need of depth.
Is there any chance of him returning with the Hawks next season? Let’s take a closer look at his season and find out.