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Wizards re-sign Martell Webster to four-year, $22 million contract

Jul 2, 2013, 2:52 PM EDT

Martell Webster

The Wizards drafted small forward Otto Porter, but incumbent starting small forward Martell Webster remained the top priority in free agency.

That’s because Webster, who signed a one-year contract with Washington last summer, shot a career-best 42.2 percent on 3-pointers and helped the Wizards go from 28th in 3-point percentage to 10th. For a team relying on John Wall’s driving and Emeka Okafor and Nene in the post, Washington needed Webster to space the floor. Bradley Beal couldn’t fill that role it alone, and he still won’t have to next season, either.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports:

This has all been confirmed by CSNWashington.com.

Webster’s game and salary are now commensurate with a low-end starter or high-end backup, which are two roles he could play next season. Porter is Washington’s small forward of the future – and maybe the present.

If Porter is immediately ready to start, Webster can come off the bench. If Porter needs more time, Webster is a nice stopgap.

  1. 00maltliquor - Jul 2, 2013 at 3:05 PM

    He’ll be traded within 2 years. Book it.

  2. knodtl1 - Jul 2, 2013 at 3:09 PM

    Finally, we are being smart and actually having an insurance policy!

  3. unxpexted1 - Jul 2, 2013 at 3:47 PM

    I maybe biased right now but, on the low wizards are having a very nice offseason. I’m going to go ahead and call them a 6th seed right now.

  4. kyleb313 - Jul 2, 2013 at 4:29 PM

    Great sign, I like the Maynor sign to solidify some more guard depth and adding Otto Porter… first time as a wizards fan in a long time I can say that the Wizards have done everything right this offseason. Solid young foundation to build around for years to come.. Bright future for DC ahead.

  5. thirdistheworrd - Jul 2, 2013 at 5:32 PM

    Unfortunately, I agree. Of all the years for the Bullets to drop out of the lottery, and even the top (bottom?) ten, this is the worst year to do it.

    I love Porter’s potential, but honestly I almost would rather have a surefire bust like Zeller or Olynyk, drop back into the lottery and grab a Jabari Parker, Julius Randle, or Aaron Gordon in 2014.

    Or hey, we could always ship John Wall and Bradley Beal to the Thunder for Kendrick Perkins and Thabo Sefolosha. Maybe then the new commissioner would feel so bad for us, he’d rig us the number one spot and Andrew Wiggins.

    • kyleb313 - Jul 2, 2013 at 5:40 PM

      Everything you have just said.. is retarded and probably made everybody that read it a lot dumber.

    • thirdistheworrd - Jul 2, 2013 at 6:00 PM

      I mean, look at the Celtics- they’re a well-run franchise, so what do they do to prepare for the 13-14 season? Draft Kelly Olynyk, (a prospect scouts call a taller, faster Adam Morrison); drop their coach; deal their two most iconic players; and look to move their third. If Rondo leaves, their most talented player will be a 20 year old F/C with a bad back. In other words, they’re going all in on the tank. And what happens when a “dynasty” crashes and burns for one the league’s two favorite teams? Andrew Wiggins is what happens.

      Basically, I’m psyched that the Bullets are putting together a talented young team again, but frustrated because they couldn’t possibly have picked a worse year to do it. And simultaneously pissed that Boston is about to get their next “Celtics Franchise Legend” for the next fifteen years.

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