Does Otto Porter deserve a max contract from the Wizards?

Ruben Hill
July 2, 2017

The Washington Wizards' top priority once National Basketball Association free agency started was re-signing Otto Porter, however after meeting with him, the two were reportedly unable to make a deal, according to David Aldridge on Twitter. To put that into context: Steph Curry just agreed to the richest contract in National Basketball Association history, a five-year, $201 million pact that will pay him about $40 million per season. But that is the landscape of the current National Basketball Association. The Wizards are trying to take advantage and have offered Wall a four-year extension, worth up to $170 million, which would bring the yearly average to $42.5 million. Most people would jump at the chance to make that much money, especially in a winning situation like the Wizards have right now.

Reports all day Friday indicated the Wizards planned to be "aggressive" in their offer to Porter, but it appears the aggressive approach was not enough.

So, instead of crossing off the biggest domino early in the process, to allow for other smaller deals to be had, the Wizards must now wait for the Porter deal to play out.

Unfortunately for the Wizards, they were not able to come to any agreement with their young swingman during the initial meeting, and it appears as if Porter will indeed test the market. Once Porter signs, the team will have 48 hours to match. But with the Wizards apparently willing to match any offer sheet he signs, the most likely scenario here is still that Porter returns to nation's capital. He is a big dropoff from George and is unlikely to ever reach his level, but Porter would give them a solid piece to pair with big man Myles Turner.

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