Otto Porter Jr. agrees to sign with Warriors on veteran’s minimum deal
Otto Porter Jr. is headed to the Bay Area after the 28-year-old forward signed with the Golden State Warriors on a veteran’s minimum contract. Amid all the big names being talked about on the first day of free agency, this OPJ pick-up is actually quite a sneaky one for the Warriors as the former Georgetown standout looks to add some versatility and depth to Steve Kerr’s current roster.
It was Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports who broke the news on Twitter on Monday:
Free agent forward Otto Porter Jr. has reached an agreement with the Golden State Warriors, league sources tell @YahooSports.
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) August 3, 2021
According to Haynes, the Porter actually had a few mid-level exception offers from other teams but ultimately chose to go with Dub Nation at the minimum. Porter will become an unrestricted free agent by 2022.
Porter has been under the radar these past few seasons as multiple injuries seemed to have slowed him down. Now, he’s hoping to bring in a ton of versatility and depth as he plays alongside the Warriors’ electric backcourt of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. For the record, OPJ is a 40.2% career three-point shooter.
Golden State is now Porter’s fourth team in the league since being drafted by the Washington Wizards as the third overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft. After making a name for himself as a promising young star in DC, Porter ended up being traded to the Chicago Bulls halfway through the 2019-2020 season before being moved again to the Orlando Magic the next year. He is now hoping that he’s found a more permanent home with the Warriors as he adds a ton of firepower to the squad.