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Wizards Interested In Martell Webster

After being waived earlier this summer by the Timberwolves, Martell Webster is drawing interest from the Wizards, and auditioned for the team this week, tweets's Marc Stein. According to Stein, the Wizards are on the "short list" of likely destinations for Webster.

Webster had been set to earn $5.7MM+ for the coming season, but his contract was only partially guaranteed for a presumed $600K. The ability to save $5MM+ by waiving him made Webster a logical cut as the T-Wolves looked to shed cap space in order to extend an offer sheet to Nicolas Batum and pursue other free agents.

In seven NBA seasons, Webster has averaged just 8.4 PPG in 394 career contests for the Trail Blazers and Timberwolves. Still, the former sixth overall pick is only 25 years old and has exhibited an ability to hit the outside shot over the course of his career (.374 3PT%).

The Wizards could use some size and experience at shooting guard, where Bradley Beal and Jordan Crawford are the team's current options. Webster shouldn't require a significant financial commitment, but if he's seeking more than the veteran's minimum, the Wizards do still have the full $5MM mid-level exception at their disposal.

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