On Tuesday afternoon, the Washington Wizards and free agent small forward Martell Webster reached a four-year agreement that will keep the 6-foot-7 wing man in D.C. The news was first reported by Yahoo! Sports‘ Adrian Wojnarowski, who tweeted that the deal was worth $22 million over the next four years.
Now, with no fault to Webster or the deal itself, why are the Wizards offering this deal for four years and at that price? It’s mind-boggling simply because the team just drafted Otto Porter Jr. with the third overall selection in the NBA Draft. In addition to that, Trevor Ariza will return to the team after making the decision to pick up his $7.7 million player option for the 2013-14 season.
Star point guard John Wall wants the help that will take this team to the playoffs, not simply add depth on the wing. This a head-scratching move by the Wizards, but to no fault to Webster whatsoever.
With the four year deal in place it will now become even more interesting to see how they play the development game with Porter. They used the No. 3 pick on him, so you know that he will be in the rotation and one would assume that Ariza would be, as well. Washington is going to have to get interesting with its rotations, maybe move Webster to the two guard at certain points when Bradley Beal is out of the game.
Did Washington overpay for Webster? They probably did and with that, they added depth to a position that they probably didn’t need to address. In turn, don’t expect Ariza to be around much longer than the 2013-14 season.
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