If the Washington Wizards want to retain Otto Porter after his second solid season, they’ll have to pay up.
After two disappointing seasons to start his career, Porter has broken out over the last two years.
In 2015-16, he averaged 11.6 points per game. This past season, he set career highs in points per game (13.4), rebounds (6.4), steals (1.5), and shooting percentage from the field (51.6-percent) and three (43.4-percent).
Now, he’s ready to cash in.
According to The Vertical’s Shams Charania, Porter will sign a maximum contract offer sheet from the Brooklyn Nets.
RFA Otto Porter has reached agreement on a four-year, $106M max deal with Brooklyn Nets, league sources tell The Vertical.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 5, 2017
The Wizards have until July 8 to match the offer, as Porter is a restricted free agent.
The Washington Post‘s Tim Bontemps says that the Wizards intend to match the deal.
As others have reported, Nets have offered Otto Porter a full max contract, as expected. The Wizards have made it very clear they will match
— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) July 5, 2017
Because of the Nets’ mangled draft pick situation thanks to the disastrous trade with the Boston Celtics for Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, the team has been very aggressive in free agency, especially with restricted free agents. Last year, the team made big offers to Allen Crabbe and Tyler Johnson, far from star players, causing their respective teams to match them.
The Nets may be setting the market high for players, but they have to pay someone, and are flirting with the league’s salary floor this year.