Washington Wizards swingman Martell Webster was hoping to avoid season-ending surgery for a partially torn labrum, but the veteran will indeed go under the knife on Friday, according to Jorge Castillo of The Washington Post.
Webster was notified in September that he had the injury, and he first tried to deal with the pain rather than undergoing surgery that would end his season, but it just didn’t work out:
“We tried everything else and I just wasn’t getting the results that I wanted,” Webster said. “So I wanted to go out and get it taken care of rather than playing this season in some discomfort and then wait until the offseason to get it taken care of and then rehab the whole offseason and then try to find a rhythm come training camp. I’d rather take care of it now.”
Webster said he’d like to possibly return for the postseason, but that seems unlikely at this point, and this is another tough setback for a player who’s dealt with numerous health problems throughout his career. He only played in 32 games last season after enjoying two solid seasons with Washington.
This injury also has a financial impact for Webster. He needed to play in 70 games this season to have his $5.85 million contract for next year fully guaranteed, but now it’ll only be $2.5 million guaranteed.
J Michael of CSN Mid-Atlantic says the Wizards will file for a Disabled Player Exception, which would give them the opportunity to sign a player at half of Webster’s $5.61 million salary slot for one season. Washington could also trade for a player in the last year of his contract, as long as he’s making half of Webster’s salary plus $100,000, or less.