Washington Wizards Rumors
Zach Lowe: Weird wrinkle: would not have been eligible a year from now had he not made 2017-18 ALL-NBA team. Safest path was to lock in now.
Porter’s path to this point – as the sole winner in an offseason that has been cruel to restricted free agents – is remarkable in that he defied the conventional AAU basketball factories as a means to NBA success. From pickup games with his cousins in his late grandmother’s backyard in the remote Missouri Bootheel to training sessions with his father and uncles at the high school gym that now bears his name, Porter developed the fundamentals and aw-shucks charm that led to a maximum contract worth $106.5 million. “I grew up playing in Morley, Missouri. I never in 100 years thought I would be in this position that I am today,” Porter, 24, told The Vertical. “So it’s definitely a humbling experience.”
“I told everyone that when John was coming off his rookie contract, we would sign him and he would be our bedrock player,” Leonsis said, then referenced Caps players. “I told everyone when Alex Ovechkin and Nick Backstrom” had similar contract extensions. “I told everybody that we would keep Bradley Beal, and already everyone is talking about the [Wall] extension,” Leonsis continued. “So my prediction is John Wall will sign his extension. He wants to be here, and my goal is to have no drama.”