Report: Wizards’ Bobby Portis is looking for $16 million annually this summer in restricted free agency
Washington Wizards power forward Bobby Portis becomes a restricted free agent this summer, and the big man is reportedly looking to get paid handsomely.
According to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune, Portis is looking for a contract paying him $16 million per year.
The Bulls apparently offered Portis a deal before this season started, but it wasn’t a contract the energetic big man was happy with:
Definitely surprised Bulls traded Portis. But don't agree with talk of "no loyalty." They offered him a multi-year extension worth $40-50M last Fall. He said no, which is certainly Portis' right. Also, word around league is Portis is looking for $16M annually this summer in RFA.
— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) February 7, 2019
The Bulls traded Bobby Portis and Jabari Parker to the Wizards for Otto Porter Jr. at the trade deadline. It was a move that shocked Portis, who wanted to spend his entire NBA career in Chicago.
In 22 games this season, Portis is averaging 14.1 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.3 assists per contest. The 23-year-old Arkansas native is shooting 45.0 percent from the field, 37.5 percent from beyond the arc and 78.0 percent from the free-throw line.
As a restricted free agent, Portis can sign an offer sheet with another team once free agency starts. If he does, the Wizards would then have 48 hours to match the offer sheet or let Portis walk.
We’ll see how the negotiations go between Bobby Portis and Washington this summer, but if he continues to play well, he should get paid by some team this offseason.