The Washington Wizards waived Martell Webster this morning in order to make room for Ryan Hollins on their roster. With Nene Hilario and Drew Gooden currently sidelined, Washington was in need of an extra big man with 3 games on the schedule to be played over a span of the 4 days.
About 10 days ago, Webster underwent season-ending hip surgery to repair damaged cartilage and a partially torn labrum. Since he wasn't going to appear in a game for the rest of the season and his contract provided he needed to play in at least 70 games, this was going to be his final year with the Wizards. Hence, a buyout made sense for both parties.
Webster's best campaign was in 2012-13, his first in Washington. He averaged 11.4 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.8 threes in close to 29 minutes. The former 6th pick of the 2005 NBA draft pick was once an iron man of sorts, having appeared in over 4300 minutes and 154 games his first two seasons with the Wizards.
Although Webster will only be 29 come next October and the Pelicans long-term answer at small forward is murky at best, Dell Demps should not react to today's news. In addition to his hip issues, Webster's career is littered with multiple back surgeries. At one point, he had stated that he was strongly considering retirement following the end of his latest contract.
"I know this game is probably not going to be the healthiest thing for me if I try to stretch it out as much as a possibly can," Webster told The Post Thursday. "So I intend to really give everything I got for these last three years of my contract and probably walk away from this game so I can be healthy."
"I’ve always wanted to retire young," Webster said. "I love this game and I respect this game, but I only want to be in it as long as I can be effective and as long as I can feel comfortable."
Before the start of last season, Webster knew his NBA window was closing. Three back surgeries in four seasons on the same herniated disc leaves things pretty self-explanatory.
The last thing Demps can afford is to take a gamble on an oft-injured swingman who promised he wasn't going try to extend his career for as long as say Kobe Bryant. Anthony Davis doesn't need anymore friends at practice. He needs able-bodied teammates standing beside him when games tip-off.