The Washington Wizards re-signed Cartier Martin, bringing back the 6-foot-7 guard-forward who became a fan favorite at Verizon Center by making timely three-pointers and providing energy off the bench. Martin agreed to a one-year deal worth the veteran’s minimum - about $1 million for a player with his experience - according to a league source.
Last season Martin averaged a career-high 9.3 points as well as 3.4 rebounds. He shot 44 percent, including 39 percent from three-point range, in 17 games, two of which were starts. He completed a full season in China, then played in the Developmental League before joining the Wizards on consecutive 10-day contracts. He was signed for the remainder of the season on April 18. Three days later, Martin scored a career-high 22 points in a win in Miami.
“Cartier has been with our team for parts of the past three seasons, and he has always made a positive contribution both on the court and in the locker room,” team president Ernie Grunfeld said in a statement. “In addition to his three-point shooting touch, he is a good defender and gives us another solid veteran to help solidify our bench.”
The Wizards have been quiet since the free agent negotiating period began at the start of this month but Martin was considered a priority to be retained because of his ability to spread the floor, make perimeter shots and provide quality minutes when called upon.
Martin scored 20 or more points twice last season. He has career averages of 5.0 points and 1.9 rebounds in five seasons with Charlotte, Golden State and Washington. Martin, 27, is very familiar with the Washington, having played with the Wizards for parts of the past three seasons.
“He did well for us the last couple of years,” Grunfeld later said in a telephone interview. “He’s a good shooter. He can play both [shooting guard] and [small forward]. So it gives us depth at the wing positions.”
After drafting Bradley Beal and trading for Trevor Ariza, the Wizards weren’t looking to sign a big-name wing player in free agency and are now looking to add a veteran backup point guard to round out the roster. They now have roughly $61 million committed to 13 players, which places them slightly over the $58 million salary cap but well below the luxury tax level of about $70 million.
Staff writer Michael Lee contributed to this report.
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