Blazers Confirm Resolution Of Martell Webster Dispute With Timberwolves

Bryn Lennon

A spokesman for the Portland Trail Blazers has confirmed that the organization has reached a resolution with the Minnesota Timberwolves in a dispute over the Martell Webster trade.

A Portland Trail Blazers spokesperson confirmed Wednesday that the organization has reached a resolution with the Minnesota Timberwolves in a dispute over a 2010 trade involving Martell Webster.

"The Portland Trail Blazers and Minnesota Timberwolves have resolved this matter amicably," the spokesperson said. "We have no further comment."

It's unclear whether the resolution involves any particular settlement. The Timberwolves were reportedly seeking cash and/or draft pick(s) as compensation.

Earlier Wednesday, Michael Lee of The Washington Post reported that a Timberwolves spokesperson also said that the issue had been put to bed, using the exact same wording.

The Timberwolves sought financial and/or draft reimbursement from the Portland Trail Blazers for failing to fully disclose Webster's health ailments when the two teams made a trade in July 2010. While terms of the settlement were never publicized, a Timberwolves spokesperson said the two teams "have resolved this matter amicably."

Back In January, Darren Wolfson of ESPN1500.com reported that the matter was "closed," but that both teams were "sworn to secrecy" regarding the details of the resolution.

Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor said that a resolution was close in October 2012. At the time, the Blazers refused to comment.

The Blazers sent Webster to the Timberwolves in exchange for Ryan Gomes and the pick used to select Luke Babbitt. Webster appeared in just 46 games during the 2010-11 season, the first following the trade, after undergoing back surgery in October 2010. He then appeared in just 47 games during the 2011-12 season after undergoing another back surgery in September 2011.

There is a recent compensation precedent in a somewhat similar situation. Back in June, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reported that the Oklahoma City Thunder had to turn over a 2013 second-round pick (originally belonging to the Charlotte Bobcats) to the Boston Celtics after the NBA ruled the Thunder's medical staff did not properly inform the team's management about the condition of forward Jeff Green's heart. Green was traded by the Thunder to the Celtics at the 2011 trade deadline but then sat out the entire 2011-12 season after undergoing heart surgery.

Important note: the NBA formally announced that the pick transferred in the resolution between the Celtics and Thunder. No such announcement has yet been made by the league, the Blazers or the Timberwolves.

Webster, 26, signed with the Washington Wizards after being released by the Timberwolves this summer.

Portland took Webster, a Seattle-area native, with the No. 6 pick in the 2005 NBA Draft.

-- Ben Golliver | benjamin.golliver@gmail.com | Twitter

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