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Otto Porter to Visit Other Teams as No Deal Reached with Wizards

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Otto Porter will begin to field offers and meet with other teams around the NBA. This is after his agent, David Falk, and the Washington Wizards were unable to reach an agreement early Saturday morning. The team and Porter’s agent met overnight immediately at 12:01 a.m. The meeting lasted nearly two hours.

The Brooklyn Nets is one of multiple teams set to make an offer to the restricted free agent. However, the Wizards have all the leverage. They made an aggressive offer but with Porter looking for other deals, he can gain a max offer from Brooklyn or any other team roughly set at $106 million over four years. The Wizards are intent on matching any offer, and by letting Porter test free agency, Washington could save a few dollars and a year.

Porter remains one of the Wizards’ top two priorities. The other is getting superstar and leader John Wall to accept a Super Max extension offer that would be four years worth roughly $170 million.

Wall and Bradley Beal were not the only Wizards players that enjoyed a career-year. Porter, 24, averaged 13.4 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 1.5 steals. He also shot 51.6 percent from the field, including 43.4 percent from three (fourth-best in the NBA), 57.6 percent on two-point shots, and 83.2 percent from the free throw line. All those stats were career-highs for the former Georgetown standout.

While Porter has earned his opportunity to be the huge target for yearning teams, for the Wizards he would essentially be the third piece to their building blocks. That’s where the issue lies in most fans eyes. Can Porter improve his game and production more on both ends of the floor to equate as a serviceable third piece of a Big Three for Wall and Beal?

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While expressing his desire for Paul George, Wall hinted to the concerns with Porter being the third piece.

“Look at our team. We are one piece away,” Wall told Marc J. Spears of the Undefeated. “We have the point guard, we have the shooting guard, we have the center, we have the power forward. Our 3-man, [Otto Porter Jr.], did great for us. You can’t take nothing away from what he did. But, [George] is a guy that can guard LeBron and go back at LeBron. It’s a piece that you’re going to need to win. If you don’t have a guy who can do that, you don’t have a chance. …

“You got to add another star. You got to add another piece. You got to have three guys. And that’s what it’s looking like.”

There is also the salary cap ramifications of signing Porter to a max deal. With Wall set to make $42 million per season if he signs the extension offered to him and Beal making an average of over $25 million per season, there will be little wiggle room for the Wizards to add a much-needed star-caliber piece to the core.

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