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:
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.