Wizards restricted free agent Otto Porter is putting Washington’s commitment to the test as he has reportedly agreed to a four-year, max offer sheet estimated to worth $106 million with the Brooklyn Nets according to Shams Charania of The Vertical.
If Porter signs the offer sheet on July 7th, the Wizards have two days to decide whether they want to match the offer or not. As of today, it looks like Washington will match it, although things could drastically change in the coming days. But one thing is for certain though, Porter will receive the paycheck he wants.
Why Porter Will End Up In Washington
- Porter fits well with ball dominant players such as John Wall and Bradley Beal. While the Wizards could find a replacement for Porter, most players need the ball in their hands to be efficient, which is not the case for Porter who tends to play better off ball.
- Porter hasn’t gone a year without an obvious improvement. In all likelihood, that trend is going to continue.
- Porter is emerging as one of the most consistent three-point shooters in the league. This is a highly valued trait in today’s NBA.
Why Porter Will End Up In Brooklyn
- With multiple players on the roster taking big cap hits, adding Porters contract to the mix will severely affect Washington’s cap situation moving forward. This will make it much harder to sustain a quality team as they won’t have much money to spare.
- The Wizards are just one of three NBA teams that have never paid the luxury tax. However, if the Wizards want to match the offer the Wizards would become a tax paying team.
- John Wall’s extension is Washington’s number one priority.
By this time next week, Otto Porter could end up being the highest paid player on this Wizards roster. For the time being, we are just going to have to wait and see what happens.