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Updated: July 13th, 2012 4:21pm
Wolves waive Martell Webster, trade Brad Miller to New Orleans

Wolves waive Martell Webster, trade Brad Miller to New Orleans

by Tom Pelissero
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The Minnesota Timberwolves completed their expected salary-cap dumps late Friday afternoon, waiving guard Martell Webster and trading retired center Brad Miller to New Orleans.

The moves come one day after the Wolves used their amnesty clause and waived center Darko Milicic, who along with Webster and Miller remained on the roster when the transaction moratorium ended on Wednesday strictly for the possibility of using them in deals.

The Wolves also sent two future second-round picks to New Orleans for the right to dump Miller's expiring contract. They could receive a conditional second-round pick back from the Hornets.

So ends a disappointing two seasons in Minnesota for Webster, 25, whose back condition when the Wolves acquired him from Portland on draft night in 2010 contributed to bad blood between the organizations.

Webster underwent two microdiscectomy surgeries in a 13-month span and played in only 93 games (27 starts), averaging just 6.9 points last season. The Wolves were upset because they believed the Blazers weren't forthright about Webster's condition.

The teams are now embroiled over an increasingly public battle for restricted free-agent swingman Nic Batum, whose reported four-year, $46.5 million contract has yet to be filed with the NBA.

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