The Martin brothers might not be splitting up, after all.
After Cody Martin was selected with the 36th overall pick of the NBA draft by his home state team, Charlotte, last week, the twins’ agent, Eric Fleisher, is working on getting Caleb Martin added to the Hornets' roster as well, he told Nevada Sports Net on Tuesday evening.
“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,” Fleisher told NSN. “That would be terrific.”
Caleb Martin went unselected in last Thursday's draft has been weighing his options since then. A potential deal with the Hornets would be more than just a summer league contract, Fleisher said.
“It would be beyond that,” the agent said.
At Nevada, Caleb Martin was a two-time All-Mountain West first team selection, including being named the conference’s player of the year in 2017-18. He was a preseason All-American last season and helped Nevada to a 29-5 record and third straight MW regular-season title. The Wolf Pack spent the entire season in the Top 25, including most of it in the top 10, before a first-round loss to Florida in the NCAA Tournament.
During his two seasons at Nevada, Martin averaged 19.1 points, 5.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.3 steals per game. He made 43.1 percent of his shots, including 36.6 percent from three. The twins started their college careers at North Carolina State before transferring to Nevada prior to the 2016-17 season.
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.
“I think it’s both,” Fleisher said. “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.”
Fleisher said he was pleased to see Cody Martin land as an early second-round draft pick. Often overshadowed in college, Cody Martin’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 ideals.
“It was really in the range where I thought he would go,” Fleisher said of Martin’s landing spot. “Because NBA drafts are an imperfect science, you never really know. I was happy that it worked out. I actually think it’s a really good fit. The Kemba thing, who knows? But when you look at the breakdown of the rest of the team, I feel like there’s a great opportunity there.”
Fleisher said keeping Caleb Martin in state was one of his goals. The twins grew up about an hour north of Charlotte in Mocksville, N.C., where their mother, Jenny Bennett, still lives. Keeping her boys in close proximity has made her happy.
“That’s for sure,” Fleisher said.
If Martin completes a deal with Charlotte, he would be the third Nevada alum to sign with an NBA team in the last week. Jordan Caroline signed an undrafted free-agent deal with the Los Angeles Lakers.