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Martell Webster
SG/SF - 6'7, 230lbs - 37 years old - 10 years of NBA experience
Retired - Retired in October 2017
  • Birthdate: 12/04/1986
  • Drafted (NBA): 6th pick, 2005
  • Pre-draft team: Seattle Prep High School
  • Country: USA
  • Hand: Right
  • Agent: -
2005 NBA DraftNBADrafted 6th overall by Portland,
2nd July, 2005NBASigned four year, $12,111,493 rookie scale contract with Portland. Included team options for 2007/08 and 2008/09.
15th January, 2006D-LeagueAssigned by Portland to Fort Worth Flyers of the D-League.
4th February, 2006D-LeagueRecalled by Portland from Fort Worth Flyers of the D-League.
30th October, 2006NBAPortland exercised 2007/08 team option.
29th October, 2007NBAPortland exercised 2008/09 team option.
31st October, 2008NBASigned a partialy guaranteed four year, $20,112,000 extension with Portland.
2010 NBA DraftNBATraded by Portland to Minnesota in exchange for Ryan Gomes and the draft rights to Luke Babbitt (#16).
13th July, 2012NBAWaived by Minnesota.
24th August, 2012NBASigned a one year, $1.75 million contract with Washington.
10th July, 2013NBARe-signed by Washington to a partially guaranteed four year, $21,990,500 contract.
30th November, 2015NBAWaived by Washington.
22nd September, 2017NBASigned an unguaranteed one year minimum salary contract with New Orleans.
1st October, 2017NBAWaived by New Orleans.
Career Moves
June 2005 - June 2010Portland Trail Blazers (NBA)
June 2010 - July 2012Minnesota Timberwolves (NBA)
August 2012 - November 2015Washington Wizards (NBA)
September 2017 - October 2017New Orleans Pelicans (NBA)
Articles about Martell Webster

October 18, 2013

[...] In comparison, 36 such players have signed within those parameters in 2013. And in contrast to 2008, those names are often established quality role players who aren't quite stars and who rightly aren't being paid like it. At the top end, players like Monta Ellis, Jose Calderon, Brandon Jennings, Jarrett Jack, Jeff Teague and Carl Landry are all getting acceptable prices, perhaps $2 million annually less than they would have done five years ago. At the bottom end, established role players like Marreese Speights, Tony Allen and Chris Kaman are getting paid adequately for their useful role player production. And unlike in 2008, those deals like Kaman's are not too long. See also Greg Stiemsma, Tyler Hansbrough, Mike Dunleavy Jr, Dorell Wright and Randy Foye, none more than three years in length, some as short as one.

The exact parameters employed here are somewhat arbitrarily chosen, I admit. However, a comparison of some particular players to have been involved in both markets sheds light on the market fluctations. Despite being much the same player, many individuals received very different paychecks. Ellis received $66 million in 2008 and $25.08 million in 2013. Calderon received $45 million in 2008 and $29 million in 2013. Jason Maxiell received $20 million in 2008 and $5 million in 2013. And while Martell Webster received $20,112,000 for four years in 2008, he only received ... well, OK, maybe not him, as he received $21,990,500 for another four years this summer.

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September 30, 2013

Martell Webster – Washington Wizards

There is a lot to like about Webster. Universally acknowledged as a nice guy, and coming off of a career year while still only 26 years old, Webster is a useful role player who betters any team he is on, slightly. He proved to be a great fit alongside John Wall and Bradley Beal last season, and should be a decent contributor on the Wizards’s upcoming playoff push.

However, this is all tempered by the price at which he signed. There’s a lot to like about Webster at the one year, $1.75 million contract he signed last year, or the two years and $6.5 million the highly comparable Mike Dunleavy Jr. received this summer from Chicago. There is a lot less to like about the four years and $22 million Webster instead received, particularly in light of his backup caliber play (irrespective of whether he starts for Washington or not) and significant injury history. Even if his contract were to be based purely off of the immediately preceding season’s play – an inherently flawed premise which is all too easy to default to – it is still too much.

Webster hits 40 percent of his three pointers if someone else sets them up for him, and makes few mistakes, but is mediocre at all other facets of the game. You need more for more than $5 million per. Any team would take Webster at the right price, but no one should take him at this one.

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June 27, 2010

Ric Bucher chimes in with news of the trade between Minnesota and Portland, while simultaneously calling Stu Scott "Sue." [...] It's a baffling trade for Minnesota. Ryan Gomes is better than Martell Webster, but they have included the number 16 as well. Furthermore, while I'm purely speculating here, Portland could turn Gomes's favourable contract into Michael Beasley. That would mean Portland got Beasley and #16, when Minnesota got Martell Webster. Or they could just waive Gomes and have Luke Babbitt for much cheaper than Martell Webster. Either way, it makes no sense. Minnesota have really struggled since Fred Hoiberg left.


Thinking about it, if I'd watched Sasha Pavlovic and Damian Wilkins try to be designated jumpshooters for a year, I'd probably overpay for Martell Webster too.

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