Kevin Martin excused from practice today for personal reasons.— Kent Youngblood (@BloodStrib) November 4, 2015
Was not present Tuesday either https://t.co/h93p1SBh8x— Jerry Zgoda (@JerryZgoda) November 4, 2015
Sam tells the media that he expects K-Mart to be back tomorrow. Excused today for personal reasons. #Twolves— Timberwolves PR (@Twolves_PR) November 4, 2015
So all's well that ends well. However, this seems like a good time to look at how reliant the Wolves' bench currently is on Martin's ability to create points, either by his shot or by getting to the free throw line.
Martin, while accepting his role off the bench just fine, currently leads the Wolves in points per game after his team-high 24 points on Monday night. Martin has scored 19.8% of all points scored by the Wolves this season. Take out the starters, and that number rises to 41.8%. Martin's absence would be absolutely crippling to the Wolves' ability to stay in games while the starters rest.
Now, Zach LaVine, Shabazz Muhammad, Nemanja Bjelica, and even Gorgui Dieng all have the ability to produce points in bunches, but have not yet this season. Martin's ability to produce his own shot without the help of a true point guard has kept that lineup stable, and has masked the still-glaring offensive deficiencies of said lineup with Zach LaVine at point guard.
The flip side of the coin is that if Martin were out, it could force Sam Mitchell to rouse Andre Miller from his seat on the bench, shifting LaVine to the 2 and Muhammad to the 3, and could unlock the currently-restricted scoring ability of the four players above. If Martin is traded away to a team that needs his ability to score and shoot from the outside, it could actually benefit the team as a whole. For now, this remains an exercise in possibility.