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This is how Webster's health will cost him a few million with Wizards


This is how Webster's health will cost him a few million with Wizards

The optimism that the Wizards had for Martell Webster is waning, and his right hip strain officially is a cause of concern as he didn't join them for their second consecutive preseason road trip Tuesday. And for Webster, a major financial incentive is on the verge of dissipating as a result. 

For the fourth and final year of his four-year, $22 million contract to kick in as a full guarantee, which will be the 2016-17 season, Webster has to play a total of 180 regular-season games in the first three years, CSNmidatlantic.com reported at the time of the signing. If not, the final year will be a partial guarantee of just more than $2 million, CSNmidatlantic.com also has confirmed this week, which is less than 50% of the $5.9 million he could earn.

Webster played 78 and 32 games in the first two years of the deal so he'd have to play 70 of 82 games this season, an unrealistic expectation given the Wizards' depth at forward and his current health status. He has to be able to practice fully without a setback before he can play in an actual game, and as Webster continues to get his hip re-evaluated it's safe to say that he won't meet that threshold.

"It's always a concern when you're out the amount of time he's missed," coach Randy Wittman said last week, before the Wizards played the Philadelphia 76ers. "The main thing is getting him healthy so we'll continue to work on that."

Webster will have missed all seven preseason games. He was expected to play more at the "stretch" power forward position and missed a chance to prove in training camp that he has rebounded from three back surgeries.

Webster averaged a career-best 11.4 points and played in 76 games in 2012-13, his first season in Washington where he signed as a free agent. He played so well off of John Wall, it was a no-brainer to keep him but the injuries that have long derailed his career mounted again.

After the 2013-14 season, he had his third back surgery and didn't return to action until January 2015. 

With Jared Dudley (back surgery) and Alan Anderson (left ankle surgery) being out all of training camp, Webster had a window to showcase himself. He'd lost 20 pounds to lessen the load on his joints. But because of the pain in his hip, similar but not the same as the injury that Otto Porter had as a rookie, he can't participate in any contact drills. 

If Webster is a scratch after the 13th game of this season, Nov. 27 at the Boston Celtics, his contract status becomes official. The Wizards will have the option to buy out the balance at a fraction of his salary to clear his roster spot in the summer of 2016.

The only players who'll have fully guaranteed deals: Wall, Porter, Marcin Gortat and Kelly Oubre. If Bradley Beal can work out an extension going into the final year of his rookie deal before Nov. 1, he'll be guaranteed, too.

The Wizards will have options on Drew Gooden, DeJuan Blair and Kris Humphries.

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5 things to know about new Wizards player Ramon Sessions

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5 things to know about new Wizards player Ramon Sessions

The Washington Wizards signed point guard Ramon Sessions to a 10-day free agent contract on Thursday. Here are five things to know about the newest Wizards player...

**Sessions has played for Washington before. He was acquired by the Wizards at the trade deadline in 2015 and played out the 2014-15 season, appearing in 28 regular season games and 10 more in the playoffs. Sessions then spent the whole 2015-16 season with the team before leaving the following summer to sign a free agent deal with the Charlotte Hornets. In 1 1/2 seasons with the Wizards, Sessions averaged 9.2 points, 3.0 assists and 2.5 rebounds. He shot 46 percent from the field and 34.4 percent from three.


**Sessions played one season for the Hornets and spent part of this year with the New York Knicks. The Knicks waived Sessions on Jan. 13. Over the past two seasons in Charlotte and New York, Sessions has averaged 5.7 points, 2.5 assists and 1.4 rebounds while shooting 37 percent.

**This is Sessions' 11th NBA season. In addition to the Wizards, Hornets and Knicks, he has spent time with the Bucks, Cavs, Lakers and Kings. He began his career in Milwaukee after getting selected in the second round of the 2007 draft.


**Sessions went to the University of Nevada from 2004 through 2007 and left an impressive legacy as one of the best players in the program's history. The school's practice facility is, in fact, named after Sessions. It is called the 'Ramon Sessions Basketball Performance Center' and Sessions donated $1 million towards construction costs.

**Sessions overlapped with former Wizards player JaVale McGee at Nevada. Sessions was in his final season as a junior when McGee was a freshman. The Wolfpack were quite good that year. They peaked at No. 10 in the nation, the highest ranking in school history, and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.


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Remember Ramon Sessions? Wizards bring back familiar face, sources confirm

Remember Ramon Sessions? Wizards bring back familiar face, sources confirm

For the Wizards, with a tough stretch coming and with John Wall still sidelined, depth and health is of the utmost importance.

With the team set to begin the second half of the 2018 NBA season on Thursday night against the Cavaliers, Scott Brooks and company decided to make a move to shore up their backcourt depth, a commodity the team cannot have enough of.

Veteran guard Ramon Sessions, who spent the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons in Washington, D.C., has been signed by the Wizards to a ten-day contract, NBC Sports Washington's Chris Miller confirms.


The news was first reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN . Sessions played in 110 games for the Wizards over the course of his two seasons, playing in all 82 games during the 2015-16 season.

He joins the Wizards again having been waived by the New York Knicks on Jan. 13. Sessions averaged 12.8 mpg in 13 games for the Knicks.

Sessions is rejoining a former team for the third time in his career, having played in Milwaukee and Charlotte on two separate occasions.