Wizards news: LeBron James says Otto Porter is earning max contract
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LeBron James thinks Wizards’ Otto Porter is earning max contract

LeBron James, Otto Porter

During the offseason, fifth-year forward Otto Porter made the decision to re-sign with the Washington Wizards on a four-year, $106.5 million.

Porter has quickly lifted up his play to another level through the first two weeks of the season, which has caught the attention and praise of Cleveland Cavaliers star forward LeBron James prior to the two teams matching up on Friday night, according to Chase Hughes of NBC Sports Washington.

“He’s worked on his game extremely well and he’s earned the big paycheck that he got,” James said.

The 24-year-old is currently putting up career-best numbers with 18.7 points on 55.7 percent shooting from the field and 51.7 percent from beyond the arc, along with 7.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists, and a league-best 2.7 steals per game. This includes scoring in double figures in each game with a pair of double-doubles and 20-point outings.

Beyond the numbers, Porter has more than proven to be a valuable asset for the long-term future for the Wizards, while holding the potential to become an All-Star talent down the line behind his improving play on the floor.

It is also clear that he has found much comfort in his role as the third scoring option behind the Wizards dynamic backcourt of John Wall and Bradley Beal.

If he can continue to perform at this promising level, it could help lift Washington possibly into contention for one of the top playoff spots in the East and contend with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics.