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Nets could target Wizards’ Otto Porter this summer

Otto Porter Jr.

The Brooklyn Nets could make a push to snatch restricted free agent Otto Porter Jr. come this summer.

Porter will become a free agent at the end of this season and it comes as no surprise, the bottom-dwelling Nets are avidly looking to acquire talent desperately, according to the New York Post’s Brian Lewis.

The 6-foot-8 swingman has evolved into a reliable third option on offense this year with averages of 14.3 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 1.5 steals. Most impressively, Porter has done so while shooting a career-high 54.8 percent from the field and an eye-popping 44 percent from the beyond the arc.

Nets GM Sean Marks doesn’t exactly have the shiniest of records when it comes to signing restricted free agents, after whiffing on Tyler Johnson (Miami Heat) and Allen Crabbe (Portland Trail Blazers) this past offseason and most recently denied a dream contract to the Houston Rockets big man Donatas Motiejunas, who is now in talks with the New Orleans Pelicans for a much less lucrative deal.

There’s very little enticement to play for a team which isn’t remotely close to challenging for a playoff berth for a talent on the rise like Otto Porter Jr., but if the money is right, stranger things have happened.

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