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Reports: Wizards talking to their No. 1 priority, Martell Webster, also pursuing Antawn Jamison

Jul 1, 2013, 10:59 PM EDT

Martell Webster AP

The Wizards got their backup point guard, a much-needed addition that will come in the form of Eric Maynor.

But Washington has bigger goals in free agency, mainly retaining small forward Martell Webster.

Webster, 26, had a breakout season last year, his first with the Wizards. He posted career highs in points per game (11.4), 3-point percentage (42.2), rebounds per game (3.9) and assists per game (1.9).

Washington just drafted Otto Porter, a seemingly NBA-ready small forward, but that doesn’t mean Webster will be cast aside.

Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports:

Webster is Washington’s “No. 1” priority, the source said, in free agency.

Ben Standig of CSN Washington:

With the league-wide financial frenzy set to commence, those interested welcome any clues indicating what will transpire. Webster returning to Washington at this exact moment is not one, so says the player himself. At the same time, Webster acknowledges there is a potential silver lining within the trip itself.

“Nah, I’m just coming to here to meet with the trainers,” Webster told CSNwashington after arriving at Reagan International Airport.

J. Michael of CSN Washington:

Wizards president Ernie Grunfeld and forward Martell Webster “are talking” as of Monday afternoon, the opening of free agency, a person with knowledge of the situation confirmed to CSN Washington.

Webster would set a nice bar for Porter. If Porter is immediately better, Webster isn’t too good to come off the bench. If Porter needs time, Webster can hold his own as a starter.

Attempting to build even more depth, the Wizards are also looking at Antawn Jamison. Spears:

The Wizards also texted their former forward Antawn Jamison, expressing interest Sunday night and would “love” to have him back, a source said. Jamison also is interested in returning to D.C., where he played for from 2004-10.

Jamison hasn’t hidden his unhappiness with how his season with the Lakers went, I think that’s more a product of him being 37 years old and less able to produce than Mike D’Antoni’s system not fitting him. Jamison won’t get any younger in Washington, but it’s a place he once had success.

If he’s hoping to recreate that magic, I think he’s just setting up himself for disappointment. But if Jamison is content with a lesser role in a place he’s comfortable, this could work. The Wizards, who have more-traditional bigs Emeka Okafor and Nene, could use Jamison as the stretch four who adds another element.

  1. kyd29 - Jul 1, 2013 at 11:56 PM

    Thats their #1 priority? Aim low enough and youll surpass expectations i suppose

  2. cornbreadbbqred - Jul 2, 2013 at 1:39 AM

    Take Mr. No D. ever, and no clutch when it matters off the the Lakers hands; take my wife, please a la Henny Youngman!

  3. coryfor3 - Jul 2, 2013 at 7:53 AM

    Jamison is a good player still and would have thrived in dantonis system 10 years ago. At 37, he is still a player and can score but needs a different setup.

  4. unxpexted1 - Jul 2, 2013 at 8:15 AM

    Wizards making solid moves so far this offseason. Nothing special but getting good pieces. Good to see them being smart so far. If they could stay healthy they will be a tough team. They have athleticism, shooting, size, and play good D.

    • sire2334 - Jul 2, 2013 at 8:29 AM

      Agreed. the starting lineup is pretty much set, so there shouldn’t be anything too sexy happening there. Just depth, which is every bit as important.

    • redbaronx - Jul 2, 2013 at 11:28 AM

      @unxpexted1 – Getting a 37 year old Antawn Jamison is NOT a solid move! I agree that so far they’ve been OK, but what did we expect them to do besides pick Otto Porter?

      I’m not sold on Ernie Grunfeld as a GM. He’s made some doozy mistakes such as trading away Caron Butler for a pothead who isn’t even in the NBA at the moment, keeping Blatche, Nick Young, and JaVale way too long, and picking guys in the draft from Europe that can’t play.

      • unxpexted1 - Jul 2, 2013 at 2:28 PM

        Antawn is a solid move on a young team that can use leadership. He’s not a great player at 37, but he can come in and knock some shots down when called upon. But his veteran influence will be mostly needed in this lockeroom.

      • knodtl1 - Jul 2, 2013 at 2:47 PM

        Well Antwan Jamison is solid because first off, they need a pf that can play significant minutes because lets be realistic, Nene cannot play starters minutes and stay healthy. And with a stretch 4 like Jamison, it opens opportunities for scoring from everybody, especially Omeka Okafor which is what they need more of from him if they wanna be a playoff team.

      • redbaronx - Jul 3, 2013 at 5:02 PM

        @knodtl1 – Being a PF does not make you ‘solid’. In case you haven’t seen him play the last two years, Antawn has ALWAYS been a defensive liability and on offense he can’t hit the three anymore, so he’s not opening up opportunities for anyone unless you go back in time and get Jamison from 2003.

        Being a stand up guy doesn’t win championships, and as a Wizards fan I’m sick of stupid front office moves.

  5. twilson962 - Jul 2, 2013 at 12:33 PM

    OK, wild LONG SHOT. But would there even be a chance the Wiz could bring Kevin Durant home in a couple years???

    • thirdistheworrd - Jul 2, 2013 at 6:29 PM

      Not with Grunfeld at GM. Even if we could sign him, Grunny would just trade away his rights for Mike Miller, Glen Davis, and Kenyon Martin, citing their veteran presence, win-now attitude, and his own senility.

      Grunfeld is like a bad joke that never stops. This is a man who passed on James Harden, passed on a location offer by Roy Hibbert (Indiana was going to give him a max contract, but he went to high school and college here, and if we had matched it, he wold have chosen DC over Indiana), not to mention his drafts.
      We traded [Ricky Rubio] for Mike Miller and Randy Foye; passed on Marc Gasol for Dominic McGuire (Who? Exactly.); passed on Hibbert, in the draft, for Javale McGee; and, most obviously, passed on Kawhi Leonard for Jan Vesely. Leonard was one of my favorite players in college, but now he just makes me angry because he doesn’t play for the Wizards. I’d take Wall over Rubio any day, but the value we got out of that trade is just nauseating.

      We should also consider that Randy Wittman had had three coaching stints before joining the Bullets, none lasting longer than six months. Wittman is now entering his third full season in DC.

      Basically, if you’re still in Ernie’s corner, you’re wrong. Wall, Beal, Porter: sure, A+; Everything else Grunfeld has ever done: fireable offense/felony conviction.

  6. remypleez - Jul 2, 2013 at 5:38 PM

    So you need another shot at Jamison to see if he’s a overrated player?!?

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