Otto Porter Jr. is coming off a fine season with the Washington Wizards and it hasn’t gone unnoticed as he enters free agency.
Luckily for the Wizards, Porter is a restricted free agent — meaning the Wizards can match any offer he gets from another team.
But it may not always be easy. Per the Sporting News:
It won’t be a stretch to see Porter receive a payout of about four years and more than $100 million this summer. There will be another spike in the salary cap, and there will be teams eager to fill their salary space with a versatile 24-year-old who has improved in each of his four NBA seasons — Porter averaged 13.4 points and 6.4 rebounds per game, shooting career-highs from the field (51.6 percent), the 3-point line (43.4 percent) and the foul line (83.2 percent).
Because Porter is a restricted free agent this summer, other teams can make offers for him, but the Wizards have the right to match any deal. Ideally, the Wizards and Porter will work something out quickly, something that keeps his annual salary more in line with that of his teammates (Beal is set to earn $23.7 million next year, and Wall will make $18 million).
It’s hard to envision Porter with another team, as the Wizards are coming around and took the top-seeded Celtics to seven games in the Eastern Conference semifinals.
He’s a big part of what the Wizards hope to do. How big, of course, is likely to be reflected in Porter’s pocketbook next season.