LA Clippers Acquire Kenyon Martin Jr. 

The LA Clippers have acquired forward Kenyon Martin Jr. in a five-team deal, announced Lawrence Frank, Clippers president of basketball operations. As part of the deal, the Clippers sent two future second-round picks to the Houston Rockets. 

“KJ is a talented young player who brings athleticism and energy to our frontcourt,” said Frank. “He is also a tough competitor and a wing defender who will be a lob threat as well as a presence on the glass. We’re excited to add him to our roster.”

Martin Jr., 22, appeared in 82 games for the Rockets last season, averaging career-highs in points (12.7), rebounds (5.5), assists (1.5) and FG% (56.9). Martin Jr. was one of 10 players in the NBA this season to play in all 82 games. The Gardena, Calif., native holds career averages of 10.5 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 206 appearances across three NBA seasons with the Rockets. Selected 52nd overall in 2020, Martin Jr. was named to the NBA G League All-Rookie Team in 2021. The 6-foot-7 forward is the son of former NBA player Kenyon Martin, who played for the Clippers during the 2011-12 season.