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Minnesota waives Martell Webster, trades Brad Miller

Jul 13, 2012, 9:25 PM EDT

Brad Miller

Minnesota continues to clear out some cap space, making plenty of room for Nicolas Batum to sign a four-year, $46 million offer sheet (something he cannot do until Sunday, despite other reports out there). Then the Blazers will match it because they want to keep him and have been very clear about it from Day 1. But the Wolves are dragging this out in hopes that Portland will relent and do a sign and trade. Which is going to happen right after my date with Kate Hudson.

But I digress, the Wolves are making moves.

They have waived Martell Webster on Friday, clearing $5.7 million off their cap. Webster never panned out to be the player the Blazers hoped for, and last year’s 6.9 points per game on 42 percent shooting was underwhelming. That said, someone will sign him as a free agent to be a backup guard.

Minnesota also traded Brad Miller to the New Orleans Hornets for a couple future second round draft picks. Miller is likely to retire anyway.

Batum cannot sign his offer sheet until after Webster clears waivers at 5 p.m. Sunday.

  1. cakemixa - Jul 13, 2012 at 9:31 PM

    Dang, I didn’t know the New Orleans Hornets relocated to Atlanta and changed their name to the Hawks…

    And this guy gets paid to “write” these stories.

    • monkeyhateclean - Jul 13, 2012 at 10:36 PM

      This, and the “Webster never panned out to be the player the Blazers hoped for…” remark???

      C’mon, man. Webster wasn’t on Portland last year, he was on Minny, its right there in the headline! This guy needs an editor or to quit trying to type so fast and proofread…

      • minnesotablizzard - Jul 13, 2012 at 11:29 PM

        He was drafted by them out of high school and spent many years there

      • monkeyhateclean - Jul 14, 2012 at 12:19 AM

        What does that have to do with him “never panning out” the last 2 seasons in Minny? Oh, that’s right: “inept reporting/fact-checking”.

  2. blakspartan - Jul 13, 2012 at 9:37 PM

    someone tell me why Brad Miller is still in the NBA

    • monkeyhateclean - Jul 13, 2012 at 10:46 PM

      Guaranteed contracts.

    • minnesotablizzard - Jul 13, 2012 at 11:28 PM

      It should read ‘Brad Millers contract’ he’s already said this past season was it for him.

      • adoombray - Jul 14, 2012 at 1:14 AM

        it should also read “traded ALONG WITH” Brad Miller’s. Minnesota actually gave up 2 second rounders (Brooklyn’s 2013 and Minnesotas 2016) for a conditional second rounder. Basically, Minnesota clears cap space now and paid 2 second round picks rather than the 800k buyout on the contract. Cash / cap dump for them. N’awlins pays the 800k for 2 picks.

        Meanwhile, Miller, who stated before the season was even over he was done, collects one last NBA paycheck before going to film hunting shows.

      • drunkenjunk - Jul 14, 2012 at 8:10 AM

        I still thought he was out of the league a couple years ago.

      • rooney24 - Jul 14, 2012 at 11:33 AM

        He is waiting to officially retire until some team buys out his contract. Once they buy out his contract (for about $848,000), then he will retire. I assume he doesn’t get the money if he retires first.

  3. minnesotablizzard - Jul 13, 2012 at 11:26 PM

    I see the wolves getting multiple players instead of Batum. Jordan Hill played with D-Will in Arizona and they could play off of eachother and come off the bench together this coming season. I could also see Mayo having interest in coming here and securing the starting 2 spot or Courtney Lee coming in to do the same. Also the white center from the C’s with the hard to spell off the top of your head last name. Suddenly we could go from no depth to a team with a deep bench.

  4. alexjm3449 - Jul 14, 2012 at 3:59 AM

    at least he remembered that Webster used to play for blazers! This dude writes for you guys?

  5. jigwig13 - Jul 14, 2012 at 9:14 AM

    If they let him I can see roy starting…I think that lobe
    treatment will work

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