Monday, March 18, 2013
Martell Webster's market this summer
By Joe Kaiser
Rumor Central's Nick Borges wrote this morning about the push John Wall has made for Washington to keep Martell Webster beyond this season. Webster, though, is set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer and his resurgent season could very well lead to a big pay day with another team. Here are the teams that could be the favorites to land him if the Wizards aren't able to bring him back.
Obviously, it will likely come down to money, but if the money is equal (or close to it) one has to believe the 26-year-old Webster will be looking to join a contender. Any team that's interested in Webster will undoubtedly be looking to sign him because of his 3-point shooting -- that remains the best part of his game, and his 45.3 percent shooting from long range this season ranks third in the NBA behind only Kyle Korver and Jose Calderon.
So which contending teams need help from beyond the arc? Here are five:
Chicago Bulls -- The Bulls are one of five teams shooting under 34 percent from 3-point range this season, and Webster would give them a nice scorer off the bench behind Luol Deng.
Memphis Grizzlies -- They have Tayshaun Prince for two more seasons, but Tony Allen is set to become a free agent. Webster might be a better compliment to Prince than Allen, anyways, and could certainly help the Grizzlies' below average offense.
Utah Jazz --The Jazz are below league-average when it comes to shooting the 3, and could very well lose Mo Williams and Randy Foye in free agency. Webster would fill a big need as a small forward who could come off the bench and bomb away.
Indiana Pacers -- If the Pacers are able to move Danny Granger, possibly for frontcourt help, they could replace his perimeter presence with that of a cheaper option in Webster.