HoopsHype Otto Porter rumors


July 1, 2013 Updates

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
June 25, 2013 Updates

An NBA source with knowledge of the situation adamantly denied Tuesday that the Charlotte Bobcats are shopping small forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist as a trade commodity. Rumors spread quickly Tuesday afternoon, after the website sheridanhoops.com posted a story saying the Bobcats were looking to move Kidd-Gilchrist, on the assumption Georgetown small forward Otto Porter Jr. might be available when they pick fourth Thursday. Charlotte Observer

The league source said not only that Kidd-Gilchrist isn’t on the trading block, but that the chances of Porter making it past the top three picks are slim. Another league source strongly doubted any chance of Porter getting past the Wizards at No. 3. Porter’s agent, David Falk – who represented Bobcats owner Michael Jordan as a player – chose not to send Porter to a workout in Charlotte, apparently out of confidence he wouldn’t get to No. 4. Charlotte Observer

The Charlotte Bobcats are shopping Michael Kidd-Gilchrist around the league, confident they will be able to replace him with Otto Porter of Georgetown with the No. 4 pick in Thursday’s draft. The reason the Bobcats braintrust of Rich Cho and owner Michael Jordan believe Porter will be available is because, SheridanHoops has learned from league sources, the Washington Wizards are determined to draft Andrew Bennett of UNLV with the No. 3 pick. SheridanHoops

June 24, 2013 Updates

But no more certain is the second choice, who was thought to be Kansas’ shooting guard Ben McLemore, but now may be Indiana’s Victor Oladipo or Georgetown’s Otto Porter. Or it could be Maryland’s 7-foot-1 center Alex Len — except that Len could be the No. 1 choice. “I haven’t seen that in a long, long time,” Blake said of the uncertainty surrounding not only the top pick, but the unknowns that will pepper the entire first round. “I need to go back, but it’s very rare that the top draft pick has been traded. That could happen this year.” Bergen Record

June 23, 2013 Updates
June 21, 2013 Updates

While everyone expects the Washington Wizards to draft D.C. product and Georgetown small forward Otto Porter if he’s available, he’s no shoe-in. The Wizards are actually debating between Porter and UNLV forward Anthony Bennett, according to one source. FOXSports Ohio

June 19, 2013 Updates

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