With the NBA free agency period underway, the Washington Wizards have made Martell Webster’s return to the nation’s capitol a priority. According to Marc Spears, the Wizards will make a contract offer to the versatile guard/forward today.
Wizards are making a contract offer to their own free agent G-F Martell Webster today, source tells Y! Sports. He is Wiz "No. 1" FA priority
— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) July 1, 2013
Martell Webster arrived in Washington D.C on Sunday to receive some treatment from the Wizards trainers. Wizards GM Ernie Grunfeld has made it clear that bringing Webster back to Washington will be a priority this off-season. Prior to receiving a one-year deal with the Wizards, Webster was nearly out of the league, but certainly made a name for himself once he got a chance in Washington.
Webster averaged slightly over 11 points per game this past season, but shot over 42 percent beyond the three point arc. His ability to shoot the ball and play multiple positions could make him a commodity during this years free-agency period.
Washington still has a mid-level exception, worth just over $5 million, but will likely try to snag Webster for a lesser amount.
I know my number and I know the number it’s going to take for me to walk away from what’s going on here…Right now, my hopes are coming back here. I love it here. It’s a great situation for me, especially in the locker room, the camaraderie, the chemistry that we built with our teammates was – it couldn’t be broken. That’s the simplest way to put it.
If Washington’s offer is suitable for Webster and his representatives, a deal could be done as early as today.
At this point, I’d expect Martell Webster to be back in a Wizards uniform next season. Both parties have mutual interest and I can’t see Webster leaving Washington.