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Martell Webster says goodbye

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Martell Webster says goodbye

Reports broke overnight and the news was confirmed Monday morning. After three plus seasons with the Wizards, Martell Webster wouldn't be around to finish his fourth. 

The team will waive the veteran swingman to open a roster spot. Washington needs healthy bodies. Webster, who provided perimeter shooting and boundless enthusiasm when right, cannot help in that area. He underwent season-ending hip surgery earlier in November before ever stepping on the court this season. Previous back surgeries contributed to the small forward playing only 32 games last season after 76 and 78 in his first two seasons with the organization.

Those initial seasons were the best of times for Webster. Coming off a rough season with the Timberwolves, he joined the Wizards as a free agent in 2012. Instead of just filling in the gaps off the bench, he started 62 games, averaged 11.4 points and shot a career-high 42 percent from beyond the 3-point arc.

That led to both sides agreeing to a four-year, $22 million contract extension. While Trevor Ariza returned as the starting small forward, Webster remained a key rotation piece as the Wizards returned to the playoffs. Alas, his body couldn't remain in good shape. Webster, who entered the NBA straight out of high school, underwent his third career back surgery the following summer. Never able to get on track upon returning, he averaged a career-low 3.3 points last season.

Now he's on track to continue his career elsewhere. He said goodbye to the Wizards and D.C. on Twitter Monday.

Webster turns 29 next month. He'll get some more money from the Wizards. He's forged a side career as a rapper and has hinted at retiring sooner than later due to the injuries. All we know for sure is that he won't finish out the 2015-16 season with the Wizards.

“Martell, with his contributions on the court and ability to connect with the fans and the community off the court, has been a great example of the type of player we want to represent our organization,” said Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld. “He worked extremely hard to fight through his injuries but unfortunately was not able to make a healthy return. We appreciate everything he contributed to the team and wish him and his family nothing but the best.”

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Wizards set introductory press conference for Dwight Howard

Wizards set introductory press conference for Dwight Howard

Wizards team president Ernie Grunfeld has stayed relatively busy this summer crafting his new-look lineup for the 2018-19 season. 

One of the team's key additions, Dwight Howard, is set to be introduced as a member of the Wizards on Monday. 

NBC Sports Washington will air the introductory press conference live at 1 p.m. while also streaming it online.  

Ernie Grunfeld and head coach Scott Brooks are both expected to be in attendance. 

The 32-year-old big man is coming off a 2017-18 season with the Charlotte Hornets in which he averaged 16.6 points and 12.5 rebounds per game. 

Since leaving the Orlando Magic after eight seasons in 2011, Howard has played for four different teams in the last six years. 

Howard is an eight-time all-star and a three-time defensive player of the year. 

 

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Carmelo Anthony traded to Hawks in three-team deal, but not likely to stay

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Carmelo Anthony traded to Hawks in three-team deal, but not likely to stay

The stage has been set for Carmelo Anthony to hit free agency, as the 10-time All-Star was traded to the Atlanta Hawks on Thursday in a three-team deal, one that will lead to a subsequent buyout of his contract. ESPN first reported the news and noted that the Rockets are the favorites to sign him.

The full deal sends Dennis Schroder from the Hawks to the Thunder in exchange for Anthony and a protected first-round pick, and sends Mike Muscala from Atlanta to Philly. Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot will go to the Thunder from Philly and Justin Anderson will go from the Sixers to the Hawks.

That's a complicated deal, but it ultimately frees Anthony up to choose a new team. He was set to make $27.9 million from the Thunder next season, but the Hawks are footing the bill to let him walk.

Anthony's skills have declined now that he's 34 years old. Last season, he averaged 16.2 points on 40.4 percent shooting, way down from the 22.4 points he averaged the season before with the Knicks.

Still, Anthony could help a team looking for a scoring punch and the Rockets would like some more help in their quest to take down the Warriors. If he signs there, he will join friend Chris Paul and the 2017-18 MVP, James Harden. 

Houston has been the logical landing spot for Anthony ever since news broke that the Thunder were looking for a way out of his contract. If he doesn't go there, perhaps the Lakers would make sense. LeBron James is going to need a lot more help than the roster he currently has around him to make some noise in the crowded Western Conference.

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