Maybe the fourth time will be the charm for Cartier Martin to stick with the Wizards as he signed a one-year deal Thursday. The journeyman small forward has been looking to latch on with an NBA team for five years, including three prior stops with Washington.
After playing for most of the year in China last season, the 6'-7" Martin was picked up by the Wizards again and averaged 9 points in the final 17 games. Martin topped 20 points twice for the Wizards last season, including a career-high 22 against Miami inApril.
Martin can shoot the ball and he provided a nice outside addition in his short stint last season, shooting 38 percent from beyond the arc.
"Cartier has been with our team for parts of the three past seasons and he always made a positive contribution both on the court and in the locker room," Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld said. "In addition to his three-point shooting, he is a good defenderand gives us another solid veteran to help solidify our bench."
Martin played most of the 2010-11 campaign with the Wizards and averaged 4 points in 52 games before he was cut. Martin also played in just 8 games for D.C. in 2008-09 and averaged 6 points.
The Wizards have made it clear this off-season that they wanted more of a veteran presence for the upcoming year and they certainly did that by trading with New Orleans for forward Trevor Ariza and forwardcenter Emeka Okafor last month. Now with Martin inthe fold, he will compete with last year's starter Chris Singleton to back up Ariza.
With Martin re-upping, that dims the chances the team will sign veteran forward Maurice Evans or veteran guard Roger Mason Jr. for next season.