Tuesday, July 2, 2013
Webster returning to Wiz?
By Joe Kaiser
UPDATE: Martell Webster has reportedly agreed to a deal to return to Washington.
According to a source of Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, Webster's new deal with the Wizards will be for four years and $22 million with the fourth year being partially guaranteed.
With Webster staying in Washington, the Wizards now have three capable long-range shooters -- Bradley Beal and Otto Porter being the others -- and this will also allow the team to bring Porter, Ariza and Singleton off the bench rather than splitting time as the team's starting small forward.
To the eyes, Martell Webster may appear older than he actually is; he doesn't turn 27 until December. But to Washington, Webster is a player coming off a career season, and someone they'd love to bring back. But will the Wizards be able to do so?
Much of that will likely come down to money. If there are other teams willing to give Webster a big, long-term deal to come in and be a 3-point specialist, than it could mean that the former lottery pick ends up elsewhere next season.
But if there's any team that could overspend to bring in Webster, it's probably the Wiz. After all, no other team has seen the 6-foot-7 swingman play as well as Washington did last season. His 11.4 PPG and 42.2 percent shooting from 3-point land were both career-bests, and that 3-point percentage ranked No. 12 in all of the NBA.
And, more than that, the Wiz reportedly really want him back. Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports writes over Twitter this morning: "Wizards are making a contract offer to their own free agent G-F Martell Webster today, source tells Y! Sports. He is Wiz 'No. 1' FA priority."