Long after the Wizards' postseason run ended, Martell Webster remained at Verizon Center doing individual work to get lighter and be ready for 2015-16. His third season was pretty much a lost one as a third back surgery kept him out until January, but if he's able to contribute at all it might have to come playing as a stretch four.
Webster played some when he began his career with the Portland Trail Blazers and the Wizards have floated the possibility of using him there when -- if? -- he can work his way back onto the court.
The challenge, of course, will be cracking the rotation that already has Drew Gooden, Jared Dudley and Alan Anderson expecting to log a majority of the time there behind Nene when the Wizards go to small-ball lineups.
Webster, who is 6-7, played in just 32 games last season which was his least since the 2008-09 season. It also was the first time since then that Webster didn't log a start.
Dudley had back surgery last month to repair a bulging disk (L5-S1) and might not return until mid-November at the earliest. That could be the window Webster needs to make the most of his time as he goes into the final fully guaranteed year of his deal. He has playing time benchmarks to reach by the end of this season for the fourth year of his deal to become fully guaranteed.
A person with knowledge of the situation told CSNmidatlantic.com in June that Webster had already dropped about 15 pounds. While that sounds good, it'll all come down to his ability to make shots and improving other numbers. His 23.3% accuracy from three-point range, a career low, last season isn't going to cut it.
Webster has to get out of the gate quickly, and avoid re-injury when training camp starts next month, to prove to coach Randy Wittman he indeed can be a stretch-four option.