Cartier Martin will start the season with the Wizards for the second time in three years after being re-signed by Washington to a 1-year, veteran’s minimum deal on Thursday. After playing in China during the lockout, Martin averaged a career-high 9.3 points in 17 games for the Wizards last spring, shooting a team-best 38.7 percent from 3-point range. He knocked down four 3-pointers on three different occasions, including during a game-high 22 points in an 86-84 win over Miami on Apr. 21. Martin played 52 games for the Wizards during the 2010-11 season before being waived in April.
Martin provides depth, energy and scoring off the bench and on the wing for the Wizards, who already have Jordan Crawford and Bradley Beal at shooting guard. At 27 years old, Martin is a reliable, low-maintenance veteran who will be a good presence in the locker room and can set an example for Beal, even if he’s not playing major minutes.
The Wizards now have 13 players under contract, including Andray Blatche, whose future with the team remains uncertain.