Looking to solidify roster, Wizards re-sign Cartier Martin

Looking to solidify roster, Wizards re-sign Cartier Martin
July 12, 2012, 10:16 pm
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By JP Finlay

The Washington Wizards re-signed guardforward Cartier Martin, though terms of the deal have not been released. Martin has previous experience with the Wizards, suiting up for the Washington side in parts of the 2009-2010 season, 2010-2011 season and last year.

In a piece from early July, CSN Washington Wizards Insider Ben Standig predicted a return to the Wiz for Martin. Considering Martin played for Washington in each of the last three seasons, it is easy to deduce that management likes certain aspects of his game. Last season, Martin averaged 9.3 points and 3.4 rebounds in 17 games with the Wiz, shooting 38 percent from the 3-point line.

"Cartier has been with our team for parts of the past three seasons and he has always made a positive contribution both on the court and in the locker room," Wizards General Manager Ernie Grunfeld in a statement. "In addition to his three-point shooting touch, he is a good defender and gives us another solid veteran to help solidify our bench."

Where Martin will find minutes remains a question. A trade earlier this offseason brought Trevor Ariza to the Wizards, a player with similar size and skills to Martin. The team has another young slashing forward in Chris Singleton, and the guard spots seem filled with John Wall, Jordan Crawford, rookie Bradley Beal and Shelvin Mack.