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Chris Haynes: Free agent forward Otto Porter Jr. has reached an agreement with the Golden State Warriors, league sources tell @YahooSports.
Adam Himmelsbach: Some Cs intel I’m hearing as free agency rolls on: -Fournier’s return still quite unlikely -Marcus Smart isn’t going anywhere -Cs could be priced out on Jeff Green -Otto Porter/Patty Mills possible -Cs remain focused on maintaining flexibility -IT return not in cards
Otto Porter is thought to be leaning to the Brooklyn Nets. In free agency, anything can happen.
Some players who have been rumored to be potential buyout candidates are point guard George Hill, wing Tony Snell, sharpshooter Wayne Ellington and wing Otto Porter Jr., who is a player long desired by Olshey. Big man DeMarcus Cousins was waived last month by Houston, but a source said the Blazers will not consider him.
Chris Haynes: Chicago Bulls forward Otto Porter Jr. is opting into his $28.4 million player option for the 2020-21 season, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.
Washington Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld announced today that the team has retained its right of first refusal and matched the offer sheet extended to forward Otto Porter Jr. by the Brooklyn Nets. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
“Otto has developed into a vital part of our young core, which is why we made it clear that our priority was to keep him here to maintain continuity and build on the success of this group heading into next season and beyond,” Grunfeld said. “His versatility, basketball IQ and three-point shooting combine to make him a great fit for us on the floor while his character and work in the community show why we’re so pleased to have him as a cornerstone of our franchise.”
“After two years at Georgetown and four years with the Wizards here in Washington, D.C., I’m excited to be staying home,” said Porter. “I want our great fans to know that I will continue to work hard to improve my game in all areas and I hope to make an even bigger contribution to the Wizards’ success in the future.”
On Saturday, the Wizards matched Porter’s four-year, $106.5 million max contract offer sheet by the Brooklyn Nets, according to a league source. The deal comes into effect for the upcoming 2017-18 season, in which Porter will make $24.8 million and be the team’s highest paid player. The Wizards will exceed the luxury tax line for the first time in franchise history.
The Wizards now have 15 players signed, 13 with guaranteed contracts. The team’s estimated 2017-18 salary will be $126.1 million, which will be $10.7 million over the luxury tax line. Per NBA rules, Porter has 48 hours to report to the team to take his physical. From there, the Wizards have another 48 hours to file the process to the league. So the deal will not be finalized completely until next Wednesday evening.
Bobby Marks: The Wizards salary now increase to $126.5M with the match of the Nets offer sheet of Otto Porter. Washington’s current tax bill is $11.4M with 13 guaranteed and 2 non-guaranteed contracts. Porter becomes the highest paid Wizard and has a no trade clause for the season.
Bobby Marks: The Nets cap space will not be available until Otto Porter reports and passes a physical in Washington. Brooklyn will have $28.3M in room.
David Aldridge: Porter still has to take a physical for Wizards, so the official match won’t happen until early next week. But it’s happening.
Candace Buckner: The #Wizards have not yet matched Otto Porter’s offer sheet from Brooklyn. Key word: “Yet.” Wiz WILL match. Just using all allotted time.
Darren Wolfson: The Nets have CJ Miles on their radar once Washington matches the Porter offer sheet. #Twolves
Eric Pincus: Otto Porter has a 15% trade bonus in his offer sheet that starts at $24.8 mil – PO in 4th season w/Nets @BBallInsiders
Adrian Wojnarowski: Message is clear to Brooklyn now: Washington’s matching Porter’s $106M offer sheet, and Nets soon back on market with space to pursue KCP.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Assuming Washington matches on Otto Porter sheet, Brooklyn will be a strong contender in the pursuit of Caldwell-Pope, sources tell ESPN.
Michael Scotto: Sources: Nets expressed interest in Rudy Gay & viewed him as a contingency plan if they missed on Otto Porter. However, Gay joined Spurs 1st
The Nets’ offer sheet to Otto Porter Jr. arrived at the Wizards’ offices Thursday evening. Now the Nets’ pursuit of the top restricted free agent on the market has reached the final, fretful stage — waiting. The Wizards have until 11:59 p.m. Saturday to match the four-year, $106 million offer sheet, which sources told The Post they plan to do. It includes disincentives Nets general manager Sean Marks hopes will deter the Wizards from matching, including a player option for the fourth season and a 15 percent trade kicker, according to ESPN.
Nets coach Kenny Atkinson couldn’t comment on Porter, but Nets power forward Trevor Booker — who played with the 24-year-old with the Wizards — discussed his former teammate on the Hoopshype podcast. “I love Otto Porter’s game,” Booker said. “I got to play with him while I was in Washington. Just seeing him play, he brought so much to the table. He’s very versatile, he’s a good defender, good shooter, he can put the ball on the floor, he can pass it. I’d be very excited for him to join our team.”
Zach Lowe: One more Porter wrinkle: Offer sheet calls for 50% of Porter’s annual salary advanced to him by Oct. 1 every season, source says. Unusual.
Bobby Marks: The Wizards would not have cap space in the summer of 2018 if they let Otto Porter walk. Washington with a committed $95.7M in salary.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Brooklyn’s $106M-plus offer sheet for Porter includes a player option and a trade kicker, league sources tell ESPN.
The Wizards now have two days to match the four-year $106.5M Otto Porter offer sheet signed with Brooklyn. The Nets cap space will be tied up for at least two days until the Wizards either match or decline the sheet.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Washington has received Otto Porter’s $106M offer sheet from Brooklyn, league source tells ESPN.
J. Michael: The #Wizards still havent received an offer sheet from Porter/Nets, Im told.
Tim Bontemps: Some housekeeping re: Otto Porter. Wizards are expected to use their tax MLE, not bi-annual exception, to sign Jodie Meeks to avoid hard cap
Zach Lowe: Bookkeeping note: Wiz have not received Nets offer sheet for Otto Porter, sources say. Clock on matching doesn’t start till today anyway.
Spencer Checketts: Jazz have gone quiet, but source tells me team is highly disappointed with the manner in which Hayward handle his exit. I’m told Jazz had as many as “three options” they were waiting to seriously explore yesterday (including Otto Potter) but were forced to wait on Hayward..
Spencer Checketts: After their botched exit, it’s the least Bartelstein and Hayward can do. I’m told Otto Porter preferred Utah’s offer but had to move on.
David Aldridge: No surprise: Wizards plan to match BKN offer sheet to Otto Porter, per source. They’ll have 48 hours to match once sheet is officially sent.
Chris Mannix: Wizards had hoped to work out something more cap friendly with Otto Porter, but they intend to match Nets offer, sources tell @The Vertical.
Ben Standig: Catching up on the Otto Porter-Nets offer sheet (4-for-$106 mil) news. I’ve been told repeatedly Wizards plan on matching. Now it’s real.
Bobby Marks: A Wizards match and Washington would have guaranteed salaries of $123M and $121M over the next 2 years. Those numbers likely will increase.
Albert Nahmad: Nets will tie up $24.8M of cap room while Otto Porter’s offer sheet is outstanding. Have up to $8.3M left.
RFA Otto Porter has reached agreement on a four-year, $106M max deal with Brooklyn Nets, league sources tell The Vertical.
Tony Jones: Confirming reports that Otto Porter is a prime target for the Utah Jazz, now that Gordon Hayward is off to Boston
Tim MacMahon: Sources: The Jazz plan to make Wizards restricted free agent Otto Porter a priority after losing Gordon Hayward.
Michael Scotto: The Utah Jazz have scheduled a meeting with Washington Wizards restricted free agent Otto Porter, league sources told Basketball Insiders.
The Kings are awaiting word on if Washington forward Otto Porter, a restricted free agent, will sign an offer sheet with Sacramento, which has already missed out on forwards Andre Iguodala and P.J. Tucker.
For the first three years of Otto Porter’s career, he was teammates with Garrett Temple. Then Temple left Washington last summer for Sacramento. Now, a year later, Temple hopes the restricted free agent will join him on the Kings.
The Kings met with Washington Wizards restricted free agent Otto Porter on Sunday and offered him a four-year deal worth approximately $100 million, league sources confirmed to The Bee. That is the maximum the Kings could offer Porter in an offer sheet. If Porter signs the offer sheet prior to July 6, the Wizards would have until 11:59 p.m. EST on July 8 to match the offer.
Another potential target is Detroit restricted free agent Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. A source said the Pistons likely would match any offer for the 6-foot-5 shooting guard. But having given Langston Galloway three years and $21 million and spent a first-round pick on Luke Kennard, it would be a tough choice.
Nets Daily: CBS Sports says Nets meet with Otto Porter today. No word on when he’ll decide on which offer sheet to sign or who third team is.
Chris Haynes: ESPN Sources: Otto Porter Jr. is scheduling meetings with two more teams and then he’ll decide which offer sheet to sign.
Jeff Zillgitt: No surprise Otto Porter getting max offers. Given his representation, Porter went into RFA expecting max from each team with whom he meets.
It has been made abundantly clear by Porter’s representation that in order to have a legitimate shot at claiming the versatile small forward, a max offer sheet was required. A max offer for Porter would be in the range of four years, and approximately $100 million. Porter has not made a decision yet as he has more meetings to take, sources say.
Chris Haynes: Reporting with @Marc J. Spears: ESPN sources say Sacramento offered Washington restricted free-agent Otto Porter the max.
Chase Hughes: Wizards will have until July 8 to match. Not an easy decision, but they have time to ponder it. twitter.com/ChrisBHaynes/s…
Manny Vieites: Sacramento has just offered Otto Porter a max contract. Now let’s see if the Wizards match. Odds are likely they match.
Candace Buckner: Again all I’ve heard — incl 2day — is the #Wizards WILL match Porter’s max offer. This would make Porter the highest paid player on team
The Wizards are expected to match any offer from another team even if Porter signs an offer sheet for a max contract, which a source states will happen. Another league source told FanRag Sports that Porter is “not going anywhere.” However, the Wizards are slow playing the situation, bringing into doubt their true intentions for some around the league.
Ben Standig: Otto Porter update: The Sacramento Kings contingent, including Vlade Divac, just left meeting at David Falk’s office. #Wizards
Sam Amick: The Kings will meet with restricted free agent Otto Porter today, I’m told. Wizards expected to match all offers, & he’s in pursuit of max.
In the early Saturday morning hours, the Washington Wizards opened free agency as expected, meeting with small forward Otto Porter Jr. and his representation. The Wizards did not extend a max contract, the Post has learned, and now Porter has moved on to meet with other teams.
Even so, the two sides parted with the understanding that Washington will no doubt match any offer sheet that Porter receives, which could turn out to be a max deal starting at $24.8 million next season.
Nets Daily: Brian Windhorst suggested on ESPN FA Show that he isn’t so sure Wizards will match a max deal on Otto Porter despite their claims.
The Nets likely would be willing to offer Otto Porter a four-year, $106 million maximum deal, starting at $24.75 million. TNT confirmed max offers are out there for Porter, and that he will take more visits over the weekend. The move for Redick eliminates the 76ers, one of the few suitors who could afford Porter or Caldwell-Pope.
David Aldridge: Nets, Kings among likeliest teams to aggressively court Porter. Wizards have indicated they’ll match any offer sheet up to/including max.
David Aldridge: Otto Porter will take visits this weekend. Max offers out there 4 RFA. Wiz say they’ll match. If so, not sure why they don’t make deal now.
David Aldridge: Told Wizards’ meeting with Otto Porter is over. Does not appear they reached agreement tonight. WAS has repeatedly vowed to match any offer.
Jeff Zillgitt: Porter has suitors. He will meet with a few other teams, sign max offer with one. Will see if Wizards match. They’ve hinted they will.
David Aldridge: As of 1:07 am, Wizards still meeting with RFA Otto Porter and agent David Falk.
Chris Mannix: Wizards are firmly committed to retaining Otto Porter and intend to match any offer, if it comes to that, league sources told @The Vertical.
Mike Wise: Wizards will make an aggressive offer at 12:01 am tonight — and match any offer — to ensure they keep Otto Porter, @TheUndefeated reports.
Boston faces more varied competition for George. The Wizards would likely sign-and-trade Otto Porter, with one protected pick attached, to rent George, according to league sources.
Marc Stein: League sources: Wizards (Otto Porter) & Pistons (Kentavious Caldwell-Pope) bracing for rich Brooklyn interest in their respective RFA studs
David Aldridge: Told Wizards will get first shot at locking up Otto Porter. But knowing his representation, they better not mess around & try to negotiate.
President Ernie Grunfeld sat down with CSN’s Chris Miller on Monday to discuss, confirming a report from two weeks ago that they’re committed to the small forward who was drafted No. 3 overll in 2013. “We want to keep Otto. We’ve said that. He’s a very valuable piece for us. He fits the puzzle very well,” Grunfeld said.”At the appropriate time we’ll sit with his representative and work it out.”
The Wizards have no intention of letting Porter walk, but they’ll have to overpay to keep him. Even if Porter accepts a deal in the range of what Beal makes over five seasons (the Wizards can give him one more year than other teams, so he would make five years and about $115-120 million in that case), the team will be setting itself up to pay its top three players $65-70 million per year. That number will spike when Wall gets an extension.
An extension with Wall will be the top priority of the offseason in which Otto Porter is also a restricted free agent, league sources tell CSNmidatlantic.com.
The Wizards were able to unload the remaining three years and $19 million on the contract of Drew Nicholson in their trade with the Nets, and that money figures to be useful this summer when Otto Porter becomes a restricted free agent. Porter has improved steadily in his four NBA seasons, and the Wizards intend to re-sign him. Sources indicated that there were inquiries about Washington’s willingness to deal Porter throughout the year, but the Wiz were not interested. There will be suitors for Porter—the Suns and Nets are expected to be among them—which could push Porter’s price tag near the max. But Washington still intends to keep him.
David Aldridge: Getting rid of Nicholson, who wasn’t in rotation/3 yrs left on deal, creates potential room 4 Wiz to re-sign Otto Porter (RFA) this summer. Wiz will almost certainly be a tax paying team soon once/if they re-sign Porter (big $), but mitigate some of the bill by moving Nicholson.
Many feel Porter could garner a max deal, which could be tough for the Wizards to match. They have $97 million on the books for next season, not including the salaries of Porter or Trey Burke. Would owner Ted Leonsis — a hard-liner in past negotiations — be willing to have Beal, Porter and John Wall all on max deals? The Nets should hope the answer is no.
Otto Porter, who had 12 points and four boards, is set to be a restricted free agent. The feeling in Washington is the Wizards small forward will be of interest to Nets general manager Sean Marks, who is 0-3 trying to land restricted free agents.
Matt Moore: Otto Porter (?!) is averaging 15-8 with two steals, shooting 54% from the field and 41% from 3-point range. Zach Lowe: Two front office execs in last 24 hours predicted to me he’s getting a max. He’s been really good.
“We had conversations but we want Otto here long-term,” Grunfeld told CSNmidatlantic.com on Wednesday, before the regular-season home opener with the Toronto Raptors. “We like Otto. We really like what he brings to the table. He’s a really good player that meshes well with John (Wall) and Brad (Beal) who like to have the ball in their hands. Otto cuts and spots up and he does a lot of little things. He makes a lot of winning plays that don’t show up in the boxscore. Our intention is in the offeseason is to have Otto signed and have him here long-term.”
“We like everything about him. Great character, very hard worker, very low key, does everythng behind the scenes,” Grunfeld said. “I talked to Otto and let him know that he’s very important to us and we expect him to continue to work hard, continue to improve and continue to contribute to what we’re tyring to do.”
The writing had been on the wall for quite some time that Otto Porter would go into this season without an extension to his rookie scale contract, but his approach hasn’t been any different. While a player being in a contract year can cause chemistry issues for some teams, that’s not the case with Porter. “It’s definitely a factor depending on who that is,” Wizards coach Scott Brooks said. “I’ve been on teams where that guy was in his contract year but was not a team guy. You knew he was going for numbers. … With our guy, Otto, he’s a team guy. He’s a winner. I would never worry about him. He plays the right way. He plays for his team. He makes a lot of winning basketball plays. I love coaching him. Going forward, that would not even cross my mind. That’s not going to cross his mind. He’s going to play hard and do what he has always done.”
For his part, Porter, a meek and unassuming small forward who avoided the AAU circuit en route to becoming an elite prospect, doesn’t care about any of the chatter. He’ll likely become a restricted free agent next summer provided the Wizards make him a $7.7 million qualifying offer to retain the first right of refusal. “I’m just focused on basketball. I let my agent deal with all that,” said Porter, who is represented by David Falk. “He’s going to make it easy on me.”
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Ben Rohrbach: Kevin Durant on Kyrie Irving’s availability: “I expect it not to be [an issue]. That’s on Kyrie and that’s his personal decision. … We trust in Kyrie. I expect us to have our whole team at some point.”
Ian Begley: Kyrie Irving will not be at Media Day in Brooklyn today, sources confirm. NYC mandate states that all Knicks/Nets need to be vaccinated for COVID-19 to practice/play home games in NYC. Nets training camp is in San Diego. Irving may talk to media via Zoom. ESPN first reported.
Brian Lewis: According to NY rules, Kyrie Irving can’t play or practice at home until he gets a vaccination shot. Kevin Durant: “We trust in Kyrie and I expect us to have our whole team at some point.” #Nets #NBA
Brian Lewis: KD on whether inking long-term will help convince Kyrie Irving and James Harden to do the same: “We all three talked about playing here for a long time but their situations will happen on their time and we all respect that.” #Nets #NBA
Alex Schiffer: Kevin Durant said he trusted LaMarcus Aldridge’s judgement when he found out LA wanted to come back. Didn’t try and talk him out of it like Marks did. Said he knew LA was 49 points from 20K and was bummed he wouldn’t be able to get it. Now is pumped to be able to see him hit it.