MINNEAPOLIS - Flip Saunders says the Minnesota Timberwolves went hard after Kevin Martin in free agency because they were looking for a shooting guard who could give them 17-18 points a game.
Martin says he can do that in his sleep.
"There's a lot of teams that have the talent to win games, but few teams have the character and attitude and that culture to win championships," Saunders said. "So, that was one of the things we wanted to influx into this organization and that's why Kevin was a prime target for us."
Martin met with the media Monday, nearly a month after a sign-and-trade deal with Oklahoma City reunited him with coach Rick Adelman.
"It was an easy decision to come here," Martin said, "and to be the starting shooting guard and just get back to playing my game."
Martin played for Adelman in Sacramento and Houston and became one of the better scorers in the league. Last season he averaged 14 points per game while taking more of a supporting role with the Thunder.
Martin says he is confident he will be able to quickly regain the scorer's mentality in Minnesota. He says he is shooting to average 22 points per game.
But he also knows that it will take much more to achieve team success.
"We have the potential to be the No. 1 offense in the league," Martin said. "But to make noise and get where we want to be, we need to strive to be one of the top five to six defenses in the league."
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