According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the Washington Wizards have agreed to a four year deal with Martell Webster, who was reportedly their first priority in this years NBA free agency period.
Wojnarowski also reported that Webster is expected to get a 4 year deal worth approximately $22 million, which is the full mid-level exception. The fourth year on Webster’s deal is only partially guaranteed.
Webster averaged over 11 points and nearly 4 rebounds per game this past season, and emerged as one of the top three point shooters in the NBA. John Wall had spoken to the Wizards management about the importance of resigning Webster this off-season, which could’ve played a huge role in his new deal. Webster became a fan-favorite in Washington, but most importantly, he helped change the culture around the Wizards.
I honestly didn’t expect Webster to get the full MLE, especially since it was reported earlier that the Wizards would try to lock him up for a lesser amount. Regardless, there wasn’t much news involving other teams surrounding Webster, which leads me to believe the Wizards had to use the full mid-level exception to retain him.
Martell Webster has also been dealing with some issues and was reportedly in the nations capitol this past weekend, visiting with the Wizards training staff. Assuming Webster stays healthy, I think he’ll maintain his caliber of shooting in terms of efficiency.
We’ll have to wait and see how this deal plays out.
Welcome back to Washington, Martell Webster.