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Knicks sign Kenyon Martin for remainder of season

Kenyon Martin of the New York Knicks scratches

Kenyon Martin of the New York Knicks scratches head after he is called for a foul in the first half against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Madison Square Garden. (March 7, 2013) (Credit: Getty)

Kenyon Martin will be sticking around for the rest of the season.

As expected the Knicks signed the veteran power forward for the rest of the season after his second 10-day contract expired.

The Knicks are in need of big men and Martin has shown he can help the Knicks defensively and with his toughness in his short time with the team

He’s averaging 5.7 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.17 steals over 18.9 minutes in six games.

Martin started for the Knicks last night in their 105-90 loss to the Blazers and had 12 points and four rebounds before leaving the game in the fourth quarter with a bruised right shin.

He’s expected to play Sunday against the Clippers in the fourth game of this five-game West trip. The Knicks have dropped the first three by 67 points combined.

It’s unclear whether Carmelo Anthony (right knee) or Tyson Chandler (left knee) will be able to play Sunday. Both missed the Portland game.

The Knicks already have lost Amar’e Stoudemire (right-knee surgery) and Rasheed Wallace (left-foot surgery) for the rest of the regular season.

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