Mar 7, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves small forward Martell Webster (5) during the third quarter against the Portland Trail Blazers at Target Center. Timberwolves won 106-94. Mandatory Credit: Greg Smith-US PRESSWIRE
The Washington Wizards worked out former Minnesota Timberwolves forward Martell Webster this week and are potentially interested in signing him, ESPN's Marc Stein reports. Webster has the Wizards high on his list, according to Stein, and while the Wizards have reportedly been reluctant to spend more than the minimum to add to their roster, they do have two open roster spots for free-agent signings.
Webster, the former No. 6 overall pick in the NBA Draft, has seen his career slow down due to injuries. He hurt his foot in 2008, causing him to miss nearly all of the 2008-09 season. Recently, he's struggled with back injuries that caused him to miss 36 and 19 games, respectively, over the past two years. In fact, his back issues drove a wedge between the Blazers and Timberwolves, because Minnesota felt Portland did not properly disclose them before trading him.
Webster has a reputation for being a good perimeter shooter, though he hit only 34 percent of his three-pointers last season. The season before, he was up near 42 percent from downtown, and he's a career 37-percent marksman from deep. Considering the Wizards' needs, that's fairly encouraging.
For the minimum, Webster is a worthwhile signing, assuming he is healthy. He fills a need and he'll probably do it cheaply. It just depends on his health.