Timberwolves waive Martell Webster & trade Brad Miller
The Timberwolves have released Martell Webster, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports. Webster’s contract for 2012/13 was only partially guaranteed, so most of his $5.7MM salary will come off Minnesota’s books. Assuming he clears waivers, Webster will become an unrestricted free agent and can sign with any team.
A move involving Webster had been expected, given all the other moving parts involved in Minnesota’s summer roster management. The Timberwolves had reportedly been looking to trade the 25-year-old, but it seems the team was unable to find a palatable deal. It’s believed that Webster’s partial guarantee for 2012/13 is worth $600K, so the move should clear about $5.1MM in cap space.
Update via NBA.com: The Minnesota Timberwolves have traded center Brad Miller and two second-round picks to New Orleans. The Wolves made the moves on Friday, one day after using the amnesty clause on center Darko Milicic. The Wolves received a conditional second-round pick from the Hornets for Miller, who has said he will retire. The moves were expected to help Minnesota’s pursuit of Batum, who has signed a four-year offer sheet worth more than $45 million. The Blazers would have three days to match the offer or let Batum go.