An area with limited options for the Wizards has now become one of the deeper positions on the roster after swingman Martell Webster finally signed a one-year deal on Wednesday with the team. The Wizards reached an agreement with Webster last week but needed a few days to get the paperwork together on a contract that is worth $1.6 million, according to league sources.
“Martell brings a combination of versatility and shooting in addition to his experience,” Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld said in a statement. “Adding him to the roster provides us with another solid veteran presence and gives us flexibility with our lineups at both the shooting guard and small forward positions.”
Webster, a career 37.4 percent three-point shooter in seven seasons with Portland and Minnesota, adds another perimeter threat to a team that finished 28th in three-point shooting percentage last season.
Chris Singleton started 57 games at small forward as a rookie last season, mostly by default. Rashard Lewis was injured or ineffective for most of the season and Martin didn’t join the team until late March. The 6-foot-7 Webster can also slide over and play shooting guard as well, providing Randy Wittman with more versatility and veteran experience on the wing.
Webster has career averages of 8.4 points and 3.1 rebounds and also has a reputation as a decent defender. He averaged 6.9 points and 3.6 rebounds in 47 games last season, but two back surgeries before the season contributed to him shooting a career-low 33.9 percent from long distance.
The Timberwolves bought out Webster for $600,000 last month rather than pay him the $5.7 million he would’ve earned, making him a free agent. He impressed the Wizards during a workout last week at Verizon Center and agreed to a deal shortly thereafter.
The Wizards now have 14 players under contract heading into training camp, which begins on Oct. 2 at George Mason University.