Martell Webster shooting to stay with Wizards

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Cheers and Jeers,Sports,NBA,Wizards,Craig Stouffer

The way Martell Webster shrugged his shoulders after his career-best matching seventh 3-pointer in the Wizards' 127-105 blowout of Phoenix on Saturday harkened back to the prime of Michael Jordan's career.

But the swingman's career-high 34 points had John Wall thinking ahead about next year.

"I already talked to Ted about that one," Wall said, referring to Wizards owner Ted Leonsis. "That's an easy, hands down question about trying to get [Webster] back here because him being a free agent, there's a lot of people that are going to come after him."

On a one-year deal in Washington following a buyout in Minnesota thanks to two back surgeries in two seasons, Webster is averaging a career-high 11.2 points per game. After his latest perimeter master class, he was third in the NBA from 3-point range (45.3 percent).

Add Trevor Ariza's career-best 34.2 percent and Bradley Beal's 48.6 percent since the All-Star break, and the Wizards (23-42) are tops in the NBA from the arc (41.3 percent) since Wall's return in January. That type of shooting is exactly what Wall needs to make the most of his penetration-and-dish expertise.

Webster also has become the life of the locker room and showed why after putting himself in the Wizards' record book with at least four 3-pointers for the fifth game in a row.

"I would love to be here next year," Webster said. "But this is a business, and we'll see what happens. I'm having an extraordinary time here. The city is great, the fans are great and my teammates are awesome. Freakin' awesome. Really freakin' awesome."

- Craig Stouffer

cstouffer@washingtonexaminer.com

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