After not receiving much interest during this years NBA free agency period, former Washington Wizards guard/forward Cartier Martin, may be headed back to China.
Cartier Martin wasn’t re-signed by the Wizards this off-season, so the small forward is considering going to play in China, his agent Andy Miller told CSN Washington earlier this week.
Martin has played professional basketball in stints throughout the entire world, and has previously played for the Jilin Northeast Tigers in the CBA during the 2012 season. Washington decided not to re-sign Cartier Martin this offseason because they’ve been able to retain both Martell Webster and Garrett Temple. Known for his three point shooting, Martin shot a career high 39% from beyond the 3-point arc this past season, but his one dimensional skill set hasn’t been able to earn him a secure role in the NBA.
Besides the story of his personal struggle to make it, Martin is probably most well known for his buzzer beating three during the Wizards’ home opener during the 2010 NBA season, which sent the game to overtime where Washington would eventually pick up their first win of the season.
Three point shooters have become a commodity in the NBA, so I wouldn’t be surprised if Martin gets another opportunity down the road. Right now, the Wizards are loaded with players that play the same position as Martin (Webster, Ariza, Porter, Rice) and it didn’t make much sense for Washington to bring him back.
Wherever he’ll take his talents, Martin will surely continue to be a consummate professional and we wish him the best of luck.