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Wizard’s Martell Webster out 3-5 months following back surgery, will miss start of season

Jun 27, 2014, 3:22 PM EDT

Martell Webster, Cartier Martin AP

This is not good.

Webster, who had two back surgeries earlier in his career in Minnesota, injured himself working out at the Verizon Center and underwent another surgery on Friday, reports J. Michael of

The back issues continue for Martell Webster, who had surgery Friday to repair a herniated disk in his lower back that will keep him out 3-5 months before resuming basketball activities, the team announced….

He won’t be able to start the season and likely won’t be able to play until mid-season at the earliest.

The Wizards pictured Webster as part of their future and so before last season signed him to a four-year, $22 million contract (the last year of that is not fully guaranteed). But as the Wizards started to find their footing as a team last season Webster’s role shrunk. Trevor Ariza got the starting job (with good reason) and Webster struggled to adjust to being a sixth man. Combine that with a lot of nagging injuries and Webster had an off year.

Now he’s going to have to jump into the middle of the next one.

Ariza is a free agent and the Wizards now really need to bring him back in the fold.

  1. lphboston - Jun 27, 2014 at 3:24 PM

    Can’t NBC afford even one editor?

  2. minnesotablizzard - Jun 27, 2014 at 5:13 PM

    Webster once went for a dunk when the Timberwolves were down 3 with under 5 seconds left in the game. Not worth that contract, even when healthy, which is rare.

    • jebdamone - Jun 27, 2014 at 11:00 PM

      i remember standing and screaming at my TV for that game. he said he thought he was going to get fouled and get an and 1.

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