Martell Webster’s first two seasons with the Washington Wizards were a great success, but the 28-year-old was limited last season due to injury, and now he may have to miss most of this season as well. Webster said Wednesday he has a partially torn labrum in his right hip that may require surgery that would put him out four-to-six months, according to Jorge Castillo of The Washington Post.
Webster missed the entire preseason with the injury before returning to practice on Tuesday, only to feel some pain in his hip at the end. He’s hoping to move forward without surgery, but if there’s not noticeable improvement, he’ll go under the knife.
Webster’s first season with the Wizards was in 2012-13, when he scored a career-high 11.4 points per game and shot 42.2 percent from long range. He averaged 9.7 points on 39.2 percent shooting from deep in 2013-14, but he only played 32 games last year and made little impact. He averaged 3.3 points and shot 26.4 percent overall and 23.3 percent from three.
A healthy Webster would seem to be an ideal fit for a Wizards team looking to push the pace and shoot more threes, so this is an unfortunate setback. He and Washington can only hope his situation improves and that surgery isn’t required.