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Wizards’ Martell Webster still out with hip injury

Martell Webster

Martell Webster


The Wizards planned to use Martell Webster as a stretch four in their revamped offense this season.

One problem: He hasn’t been healthy enough to play this preseason.

That might not change anytime soon.

Jorge Castillo of The Washington Post:

The eccentric 10-year veteran has been sidelined since the beginning of October with a sore right hip, which he said is arthritic, and recently traveled to Nebraska for a second opinion, according to people with knowledge of the situation.
When he will be able to return remains unclear.

For the Wizards to play smaller and faster, they need productive wings to eat minutes at shooting guard, small forward and power forward. Alan Anderson is out. I wouldn’t count on Webster, who has been hit hard by injuries over his career. Kelly Oubre is just a rookie.

At least Jared Dudley plans to return by the season opener. But are he, Bradley Beal, Otto Porter, Gary Neal and Oubre enough?

Washington has been starting Kris Humphries at power forward in the preseason, and he’s a better shooter than Nene, who’s headed for a reserve role. But Humphries is still a fairly typical power forward.

These injures seem to be limiting the Wizards’ ability to change their identity as much as they desired.