The Washington Wizards will sign sharpshooting swingman Martell Webster, according to reports. Webster was a free agent after being released by the Minnesota Timberwolves this summer during their aggressive pursuit of Nicolas Batum.
Marc Stein of ESPN reported the news just one day after revealing that Webster had worked out for the Wizards. Webster has had back issues in his career, but Stein reports that he is recovering well from the back surgery he had before last season.
The swingman's biggest asset is his shooting, and he'll likely consistently spot up on the outside and try to be the beneficiary of John Wall's penetration. Mike Prada of Bullets Forever highlights what Webster brings to the table:
When healthy, which is a big if given his history of back problems, Webster is mostly a spot-up shooter. Last season, 64 of his 270 shot attempts were spot-up three-pointers, according to MySynergySports.com. He had a down year shooting, hitting just 36 percent of those attempts and 33 percent from three-point range overall. However, he was much better two years ago, nailing nearly 44 percent of his 78 spot-up three-point attempts and 42.5 percent from three-point range overall. He is a fairly one-dimensional player, but the Wizards do need the one dimension that he brings to the table.
The terms of the deal were not disclosed but it's likely that the contract is for the veteran's minimum.
Update: Webster's contract is a one-year deal worth approximately $1.6 million, sources tell SI's Sam Amick.