Feb 11, 2013; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Washington Wizards forward Martell Webster (9) during the game against the Milwaukee Bucks at the Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Free Agency: Wizards Offering Webster Contract Today

Mar 15, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Wizards small forward Martell Webster (9) dribbles the ball against the New Orleans Hornets during the second half at the Verizon Center. The Wizards defeated the Hornets 96 – 87. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA Today Sports

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.

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.

When asked about the potential contract offer he’s presumably looking to get, Webster stated;

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.

 

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