The Los Angeles Clippers made it agent forward Kenyon Martin on Friday, signing him to an undisclosed contract.

"Kenyon is the ultimate competitor and a key acquisition," stated club vice president of basketball operations Neil Olshey. "We expect that he will provide additional experience, passion and professionalism, as well as some important depth to our front court."

Martin played for the Xinjiang Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association during the NBA lockout, and was contractually obligated to wait until the end of the Tigers' season before returning to the NBA. He was cleared to play by FIBA, basketball's international governing body, on Thursday.

Martin averaged 8.6 points and 6.2 rebounds in 48 games last season with the Denver Nuggets.

The 6-foot-9 Cincinnati product has averaged 13.5 points and 7.2 rebounds in 654 games with Denver and the New Jersey Nets.