Caleb could join Cody in Charlotte
Published 2:11 pm Saturday, June 29, 2019
Caleb and Cody Martin have always played on the same team. Whether it was rec basketball, travel baseball, South Davie Middle School or Davie High, they were always together.
They both attended Oak Hill Academy as prep seniors. They played two years together at N.C. State. The twins transferred to Nevada for their final two years of college basketball. Continuing their side-by-side life on the court appeared unlikely when their careers ended at Nevada with an NCAA Tournament loss to Florida.
Cody all but secured his dream as a NBA player when the Charlotte Hornets selected him in the second round. Caleb was not drafted.
But then came a development last week. Cody and Caleb – take a deep breath now – may wind up as teammates in Charlotte. Chris Murray of Nevada Sports Net wrote:
“The Martin brothers might not be splitting up, after all. After Cody was selected with the 36th overall pick of the NBA draft by his home state team, the twins’ agent, Eric Fleisher, is working on getting Caleb added to the Hornets’ roster as well.”
Fleisher told NSN: “I can tell you that I am in discussions – it has not been finalized – but I’m in discussions with Caleb joining Cody in playing in Charlotte. That would be terrific.”
Murray wrote: “Caleb Martin went unselected (and) has been weighing his options since then. A potential deal with the Hornets would be more than just a Summer League contract, Fleisher said.”
For Nevada, Caleb was a two-time All-Mountain West Conference first team selection. He was the league’s player of the year as a junior. He was preseason All-American as a senior and helped the Wolf Pack to 29-5 and a third straight MWC regular-season championship. They spent the entire season in the Top 25 before a first-round loss to Florida in the NCAA Tournament. In two seasons, Caleb averaged 19.1 points, 5.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.3 steals.
Murray wrote: “Fleisher said Caleb Martin potentially landing with the Hornets would be good for a pair of reasons. For starters, being paired with his brother was a priority, but Fleisher also believes the roster fit would be good for Caleb.”
Fleisher: “I think it’s both. I think it’s a good opportunity for Caleb and also the guys can stay together. That’s a nice thing. And if everything comes together in the right way, certainly from a marketing standpoint, it’s a very good thing for them to be playing together. We’ll have to see how all of this plays out.”
Murray wrote: “Cody’s versatility as a 6-foot-7 point guard was a big plus for the Hornets. Charlotte’s starting point guard, Kemba Walker, is a free agent this offseason and his backup, Tony Parker, has retired, so the fit for Martin seems ideal.”
On June 27, Jim Krajewski of the Reno Gazette Journal offered an update on the talks between Caleb and Charlotte.
Fleisher: “It would appear that he will sign in Charlotte, but it’s not finished yet. We’re moving in that direction.”
Krajewski wrote that “Caleb is dealing with a minor injury, but would likely be with the team for the NBA Summer League, which starts July 5 in Las Vegas. He said a contract for Caleb would go beyond the Summer League.
“Fleisher also represents Cody, who has not signed a deal with Charlotte yet. He said there is no time frame to getting a deal done.”