Martell Webster from Seattle Prep is waived by Minnesota Timberwolves | NBA
The Minnesota Timberwolves have waived Martell Webster, a former Seattle Prep standout.
MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Timberwolves have waived swingman Martell Webster and traded center Brad Miller and two second-round picks to New Orleans as they prepare to file a formal offer to Portland swingman Nicolas Batum.
The Wolves made the moves Friday, one day after using the amnesty clause on center Darko Milicic.
Webster, 25, a former Seattle Prep standout, was to make $5.7 million next season but Minnesota bought out the final year of his contract for $600,000.
The Wolves received a conditional second-round pick from the Hornets for Miller, 36, who has said he will retire.
Batum, 23, will get a four-year, $46.5 million offer sheet on Sunday. Trail Blazers officials have said they will match the offer and will not trade Batum, who has said he would prefer to play for Minnesota.
Mavericks get Brand
DALLAS — The Dallas Mavericks won the bidding to obtain forward Elton Brand off waivers.
Brand, 33, was available after the Philadelphia 76ers used the amnesty clause to let him go and not have the $18.1 million he is owed in the final season of his five-year deal count against their salary cap or luxury tax.
ESPN reported Dallas' bid was $2.1 million.
• Point guard Jeremy Lin has signed an offer sheet with the Houston Rockets, according to a person with direct knowledge of the move. Another person familiar with the negotiations said it is a three-year deal worth about $25 million.
Lin, 23, is a restricted free agent and the New York Knicks are expected to match Houston's offer.
Earlier, the Rockets waived forward Luis Scola, 32, via the amnesty clause.
The Rockets have torn apart their 2011-12 roster as they try for a deal that would pry center Dwight Howard from the Orlando Magic.
• Players re-signing with their teams included guard Chauncey Billups of the Los Angeles Clippers and center Roy Hibbert and guard George Hill of Indiana.