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While the Washington Wizards are keeping their options open with the roster, they have no intention of trading Otto Porter Jr., according to a report from Chase Hughes of NBC Sports Washington.
The Wizards are said to be contemplating shaking things up after a rocky start, and Porter’s name is just one that’s surfaced on the rumor mill. Both the New Orleans Pelicans and Sacramento Kings are reportedly interested in the veteran small forward.
“Though the Kings may have interest in Porter, the Wizards maintain their stance that they are not looking to trade him,” Hughes reported, citing a source. “That means no plans to ship him to Sacramento or anywhere else.”
Hughes went on to write that a Porter-to-the-Kings scenario could still eventually make sense, but that several things would have to fall into place.
“The Wizards would have to want something the Kings have and bad enough to part with one of their best players,” Hughes wrote. “Though Porter’s salary is very high, he is a productive player who provides important attributes like three-point shooting and rebounding.”
The Kings offered Porter a maximum contract when he hit restricted free agency two summers ago, but he opted to sign one with the Brooklyn Nets instead. The Wizards matched the offer to retain Porter.
He is averaging 11.8 points and 5.3 rebounds this season.