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Martell Webster Out 3-5 Months Following Back Surgery

June 27th, 2014 at 3:43 PM
By Andy Livingston

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It's just being reported that Martell Webster had surgery today to treated a herniated disk and will be out 3-5 months. It appears Webster injured his back while working out in the Verizon Center last week. This will be the third back surgery that Webster has had and he won't appear on the court with the Wizards until mid-season at the earliest.

Couple this blow with the lack of movement in last night's NBA Draft, the free agency of hot commodity Trevor Ariza and the lack of development of former number 3 pick, Otto Porter, puts the forward position in an even more dire shape.

Webster is in the second year of his four year deal and ended the season with 9.7 PPG and 2.8 RPG, but his production dropped from last year. This adds pressure to the front office to lock down their free agents immediately. A group has been sent to Poland to work out a deal with Marcin Gortat, but a second ship needs to be sent Los Angeles to bring Ariza back to DC.

Ted Leonsis also released a statement that the front office was disappointed that all of their top choices were taken by pick 46 and instead hope to work out possible additions through workouts and Summer League.

Other dates to look out for are June 30th when the Player Options open and July 1st when Free Agency Opens. Although the Wizards front office has been quiet about pursuing other pieces rather than locking down their own free agents.

In other news #Wizardstwitter might need to be talked off a ledge this weekend.


Tags: Basketball, Marcin Gortat, Martell Webster, NBA, Washington, Washington Wizards

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