Grading The Deal: Wizards Match Otto Porter's $10

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Grading The Deal: Wizards Match Otto Porter's $10 

Post#1 » by RealGM Articles » Sun Jul 9, 2017 8:06 pm

After his lackluster first season and a half in the NBA, Otto Porter appeared to be just another member of a disappointing 2013 draft class as he struggled with injuries and overall ineffectiveness. But Porter emerged towards the end of his second season after improving his shot mechanics and being mentored by Paul Pierce. Now he'll be on a four-year, $106 million max contract following the Wizards' decision to match Porter's offer sheet with the Nets.


Porter is a low usage, system scorer, but he’s remarkably efficient in the role. Porter can create his own offense at times, but is better served as a third option as he struggles to beat even average defenders off the dribble. Porter shot 43.4 percent on three-pointers last season, which was fourth in the NBA, a jump from 36.7 percent in 15-16. Porter hit 42.3 percent of his corner three-point attempts. Porter’s shot lacks aesthetic beauty but there’s enough of a sample size to believe in it as being sustainable at least in the high thirties. 


Porter’s True Shooting Percentage improved from .564 in his third season to .628 this past season. He’s probably closer to a high .500s player with this being a career season in which defenses are still catching up on his scouting report to get out on him now that he’s shooting and hitting so many three-pointers. John Wall specializes in getting open shots for spot-up shooters and 


Porter’s efficiency even manifested itself in terms of rarely turning the ball over as he led the NBA in turnover percentage. 


Porter has positional versatility with his length to slide up to a smallball power forward. Porter also rebounds well and forces turnovers at a high rate for his position. Porter is more versatile defensively than he is actually a difference maker who can truly stop better scorers due to his lack of strength and athleticism. 


Porter ranked sixth in Real Plus Minus last season amongst small forwards, but that probably overstates his impact. Porter’s value comes from an uncomplex combination of playing the NBA’s thinnest position, off the ball efficiency, defensive versatility, and the lack of options for the Wizards to replace him and remain a top-4 team in the Eastern Conference.


Porter’s best case scenario is as a third or fourth option yet he’ll be the Wizards’ highest paid player in 17-18 unless John Wall signs a supermax. If Wall doesn’t sign that supermax, the Wizards will quickly learn whether this contract passes Danny Leroux’s Nene test as they rebuild from scratch. 


Grade for Wizards: B


Non-automatic max players who are restricted free agents sometimes struggle to quickly find a resolution. David Falk is too good at his job and the Wizards lacked any alternatives, short of using Porter in a sign-and-trade for Paul George, not to come up with a resolution.


Instead of embarking on an exhausting and prolonged process waiting for the Wizards to offer a five-year, full max, Porter and Falk engaged the Kings on a four-year max before signing one with the Nets.


With how quickly cap space is evaporating, Porter wasn’t in position to risk taking the qualifying offer to only get a four-year offer a year from now when he’s nowhere near an All-Star level talent.


Grade for Otto Porter: A 


The Nets again attempted to improve their roster via the restricted free agency market and this was a more logical use of resources attempting to sign a definite starter quality small forward than rotation players like Allen Crabbe and Tyler Johnson.


Brooklyn found their starting small forward for 17-18 while picking up two 2018 draft assets taking on the salary of DeMarre Carroll from the Toronto Raptors. Since they can’t forcibly sign a restricted free agent short of a Tim Hardaway Jr. offer sheet, the Nets’ continued strategy of picking up assets for teams looking to clear burdensome salary works in this final stage of limbo before they can start using their own picks again in 2019. 


Grade for Nets: B+

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Re: Grading The Deal: Wizards Match Otto Porter's $10 

Post#2 » by Sam195 » Mon Jul 10, 2017 9:46 pm

If I were the wiz front office - i would have used the window between the kings reneging on their offer sheet to Otto and the nets signing him to one to negotiate a longer 5 year term contract with more guaranteed money for Otto but making sure he is not paid more than Bradley Beal going forward. This contract is going to lead to some locker room tensions even if it's not seen in public - John Wall was already vocal in the past that he got shafted with his last contract extension when the salary cap spiked and guys like reggie Jackson are signing for the same money or more than what he is under contract for. Wall also recently threw otto under the bus by saying Wiz should get in on the pg trade sweepstakes with the obvious implied that likely otto would be sent the pacers way in a trade.

Also Otto actually got an offer sheet matched so he has a temporary no-trade clause for a year which I'm pretty sure he and his agent won't fear using if wizards try to deal him in a bigger move near the trade deadline. For example, what if pelicans feel like they don't think Cousins and Davis don't fit together long term or that Boogey may not resign as a ufa and they decide to deal him for the best offer at the deadline. Well if Otto as the wizards most valuable asset they likely are willing to trade doesn't like NO then he can block the deal.
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Re: Grading The Deal: Wizards Match Otto Porter's $10 

Post#3 » by eddie jerel » Tue Jul 11, 2017 1:56 am

Sam195 wrote:If I were the wiz front office - i would have used the window between the kings reneging on their offer sheet to Otto and the nets signing him to one to negotiate a longer 5 year term contract with more guaranteed money for Otto but making sure he is not paid more than Bradley Beal going forward. This contract is going to lead to some locker room tensions even if it's not seen in public - John Wall was already vocal in the past that he got shafted with his last contract extension when the salary cap spiked and guys like reggie Jackson are signing for the same money or more than what he is under contract for. Wall also recently threw otto under the bus by saying Wiz should get in on the pg trade sweepstakes with the obvious implied that likely otto would be sent the pacers way in a trade.

Also Otto actually got an offer sheet matched so he has a temporary no-trade clause for a year which I'm pretty sure he and his agent won't fear using if wizards try to deal him in a bigger move near the trade deadline. For example, what if pelicans feel like they don't think Cousins and Davis don't fit together long term or that Boogey may not resign as a ufa and they decide to deal him for the best offer at the deadline. Well if Otto as the wizards most valuable asset they likely are willing to trade doesn't like NO then he can block the deal.


Wall could've waited,to sign New Deal as a FA,but didn't. He was coming off Knee Surgery. So his "crying" about others making more is so wrong. Now as for Porter,he's not worth his pay but unlike Wall his Agent knew how to get ALL THE MONEY plus making the 4th yr as a Player Option
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Re: Grading The Deal: Wizards Match Otto Porter's $10 

Post#4 » by colaroaster » Thu Jul 13, 2017 11:43 pm

wiz were too cheap to offer 5 and played otto like a chump for shorter money
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Re: Grading The Deal: Wizards Match Otto Porter's $10 

Post#5 » by Spanish_Laker » Mon Jul 17, 2017 7:05 pm

One of the most overpaid players in NBA history. Just a below average starting SF in the league with a superstar salary :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
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