The Minnesota Timberwolves have been engaged with the Trail Blazers for days in a back-and-forth dance to try and pry Nicolas Batumout of Portland.
And it’s not quite over yet.
The Timberwolves traded center Brad Miller and two second-round picks to New Orleans and waived swingman Martell Webster on Friday, all in an effort to clear enough cap room to sign Batum to a four-year, $46.5 million offer sheet with incentives that could push the deal past $50 million.
A below average primary backup SF to high quality third string SF.
Preferably, a fifth or sixth wing in the depth chart but he would be just about serviceable as a fourth wing if necessary.
Martell Webster’s back injury has robbed him of a lot of his previous levels of quickness and athleticism which has caused a large drop-off in terms of his defensive ability. Back when he was younger, Webster was a very effective role-player as a big two guard but struggled when forced to move over to the small forward position to defend bigger wings. Nowadays, he is a full time small forward (with even less talent than before) and, obviously, he struggles quite a bit with it.
A weak rebounder and below average but decent defender coupled with a limited catch and shoot perimeter threat who only shoots it at a solid but unexceptional mark. Minimal impact as a player. In a large role (starter or primary backup wing), a net negative. Needs a reduced (preferably non-rotation) role.