HoopsHype Otto Porter rumors

October 8, 2013 Updates

After about 25 minutes, Otto Porter Jr., the Georgetown basketball star and the Washington Wizards’ newest first-round draft pick, drove up, hopped out of his car and entered the shop. Mr. Porter soon exited with his sandwich and drink — but also with a sandwich, a bag of chips and a drink for the homeless man. Mr. Porter then sat down next to the man, and they both enjoyed their sandwiches while making small talk. Washington Post

September 28, 2013 Updates

At the conclusion of the Washington Wizards’ first training camp session on Saturday at George Mason’s Patriot Center, Otto Porter Jr. stepped on the floor and starting shooting stand-still jumpers. Unfortunately for Porter, that was the most action that the third overall pick from Georgetown was allowed to get. “No moving. Keep that to a minimum,” said Porter, who is sidelined with a right hip flexor as camp began. Washington Post

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Porter should be graded on a curve given that his all-around, Uber-Glue Guy style isn't the best fit for the structure-less brand of basketball played here, but you'd still expect one of the Big East's top scorers and the highest 2013 draft pick playing in Vegas to average more points per game than Arinze Onuaku. He'll probably fare better with better talent around him, but his three games before a hamstring injury shut him down were total snoozefests. ESPN.com

July 13, 2013 Updates

Otto Porter hit his first two shots of the Washington Wizards' Summer League opener against the Golden State Warriors ... and then hit one of his last 13, often disappearing from the offense in an ugly 56-52 loss. Afterwards, multiple people with the Wizards noted that they wanted to see him find ways to be more aggressive. "He's got to be more assertive. He's got to find some of his own offense sometimes on the court. I could run plays for him, get him shots. But if those don't work, now what?" Wizards summer league coach Sam Cassell said. "There are things he's got to do himself. He did it at Georgetown, and he can do it here." Bullets Forever

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David Aldridge: Wiz hoping to get Martell Webster re-signed quickly with MLE. View him as great locker room voice, think he'd help Otto Porter development. Twitter @daldridgetnt

June 28, 2013 Updates

Comcast SportsNet chatted with Otto Porter after being drafted by the Wizards last night, and the former Georgetown star seemed excited that he wouldn’t have to move very far. “I am familiar with that place,” said Porter, of the Verizon Center. “In my two years in D.C., I have been there a couple of times.” “Definitely a good transition, because I’m familiar with everything. It’s not like you have to go somewhere else and know where you’re gonna eat at, know where certain places are. It’s like home away from home.” Washington Post

Wizards draft pick Otto Porter Jr. wore No. 22 in high school and college to honor his mother, who wore that number when she played. But Porter has said that he’d like to honor his father in the pros by wearing No. 35. A few minutes after his son was drafted, Porter Sr. was asked how it would feel to see his son wear his number. “I tried in high school to get him to wear it,” said Porter Sr., who wore that number for Scott County (Mo.) Central High School where both father and son attended. ”It’s retired, but they could have brought it out of retirement. It’s a feeling that you can’t hardly describe, but inside it’s good to know that he’ll be wearing my jersey. And of course I’ve got a younger son that may follow in his footsteps, so we’ll have to wait in see.” Washington Post

It’s a nice sentiment, but everyone last night seemed to be overlooking the fact that Trevor Booker currently wears No. 35 for the Wizards. The comments didn’t get past Booker, who took to Twitter to let us all know that he doesn’t find any of this cute. Trevor Booker: That was funny Twitter

After taking Georgetown star Otto Porter with the third overall pick on Thursday, the Wizards decided to package their two second picks to acquire Glen Rice Jr. from the Philadelphia 76ers, according to multiple league sources with knowledge of the situation. The 76ers originally chose Rice, the son of the three-time NBA all-star, with the 35th pick. In return, the Wizards sent South Dakota State point guard Nate Wolters (the 38th pick) and Oregon power forward Arsalan Kazemi (54th) to Philadelphia. Washington Post

June 27, 2013 Updates

The Wizards, according to a source, have placed Anthony Bennett at the top of their board. Bennett combined with John Wall and Bradley Beal would give the Wizards a dynamic threesome with plenty of offensive versatility. While some in the organization still like Otto Porter and think he is a safe choice, Bennett is the guy they are leaning toward. SheridanHoops

June 26, 2013 Updates

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