February 26, 2020

Washington Wizards to trade for Andre Miller

According to multiple sources, the Washington Wizards will acquire veteran point guard Andre Miller from the Denver Nuggets in a three-way deal with the Philadelphia Sixers. Forward Jan Vesely will go to Denver, while a Wizards second round pick, a Nuggets second rounder and guard Eric Maynor goes to Philly. It’s unclear at this posting what Philadelphia gives up in the deal.

Miller, 37, hasn’t played for the Nuggets since late December after an altercation with head coach Brian Shaw. Miller is averaging a career-low 5.9 points and 3.3 assists in 19 minutes per game over 30 appearances this season. He is on the books for $5 million this season and $4.6 million in 2014-15, the final year of his current contract.

The Wizards told the little-used Vesely, the former No. 6 overall pick in the 2011 draft, before the start of the season the team would not pick up his rookie option for 14-15, so his departure is not unexpected.

Maynor, 26, was signed by the Wizards to a two-year, $4.1 million contract last summer with the goal of making him John Wall’s back-up. The 2009 first-round pick had little impact this season, though, averaging 2.3 points and 1.7 assists in 9.3 minutes over 23 appearances for Washington.

Miller gives the Wizards a veteran backup point guard to John Wall as they attempt to secure a playoff spot.

Wizards sign Eric Maynor, re-sign Garrett Temple

The Washington Wizards announced Wednesday that the team has signed guard Eric Maynor.

Terms of the deal were not released, per team policy, but the Washington Post’s Michael Lee reported that it is believed to be a two-year deal worth approximately $2 million, with a player option on the second year.

Maynor, a former star with Virginia Commonwealth University (2005-2009), averaged 4.5 points and 2.8 assists in 64 overall games with the Oklahoma City Thunder and Portland Trail Blazers last season. With the Trail Blazers alone, he averaged 6.9 points and 4.0 assists in 27 games.

In four combined seasons with the Utah Jazz, Thunder and Trail Blazers, Maynor holds career averages of 4.5 points and 3.0 assists in 15.1 minutes per contest.  In 236 career games, he has shot .400 from the field, .354 from behind the arc and .731 from the line.  [Read more…]

Martell Webster to reportedly sign 4-year, $22 million deal with Washington Wizards

Veteran swingman Martell Webster reportedly agreed to a four-year deal with the Washington Wizards  valued at $22 million, with the fourth year partially guaranteed.

Webster, the sixth overall pick of the 2005 NBA Draft, enjoyed a comeback year with the Wizards last season – serving as both Washington’s go-to three-shooter and a stabilizing force in the locker room. Before missing the final five games of the season with an abdominal strain, Webster shot 42 percent from three-point range and 44 percent from the field to help him to a high-firepower 60.1 true shooting percentage.

Webster made it official on Twitter Tuesday, tweeting:

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With both a healthy John Wall and Bradley Beal, Webster’s spot-up shooting could certainly come in handy this season. The biggest question – considering the fact the Wizards will pay the full value of the mid-level exception with the deal – is whether or not Webster’s 2012-2013 performance was telltale of a long-term turnaround for the eight-year veteran, or an outlier on an otherwise uninspiring record.

Prior to his season with the Wizards, Webster endured two injury-plagued seasons with the Minnesota Timberwolves. While he could be a good fit with Otto Porter Jr., the question is – will Webster remain healthy and consistent, able to build upon last year’s successes with new assets on the court?

The news of Webster’s deal came after the announcement that the Wizards and free agent point guard Eric Maynor have agreed to a multiyear deal. Maynor averaged 6.9 points and 4.0 assists in 27 games with the Portland Trail Blazers last season.

Neither Webster nor Maynor can officially sign until July 10, when the annual moratorium on transactions is lifted.

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