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Saturday, June 28, 2014

Wizards Injury Update: Martell Webster out for up to 5 months after back surgery

By on 6/28/2014 06:00:00 AM

The Washington Wizards had a successful 2013-2014 season, winning 44 regular season games and advancing to the Eastern Conference Semifinals before losing to the Indiana Pacers in six games. Their win total also surpassed their 2012-2013 win total by 15 games. In order for the trend to continue, the Wizards need to improve their scoring output and rebounding. They also need to stay healthy, as only six players appeared in over 70 games and 18 players suited up at some point in the season. On the injury front, Martell Webster had back surgery and may be out until the end of November.

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As reported by Adi Joseph of USA Today, Webster was injured at the Wizards practice facility last week and had surgery to repair a herniated disk in his lower back. He's allowed to begin rehabilitation immediately but will miss at least three to five months of basketball activity.

Although Webster started only 13 games last season, it's important he come back healthy as soon as he can, as Trevor Ariza is a free agent and could very well leave. That would mean that Otto Porter Jr. and Webster would likely be penciled in as the starters next season.

Webster is an eight-year NBA veteran who has played for the Portland Trail Blazers, Minnesota Timberwolves and Wizards. Last season, he averaged 9.7 points and 2.8 rebounds per game, while shooting 39.2 percent from three-point range. Webster has career averages of nine points and 3.2 rebounds in 548 games.

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