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Wizards’ Otto Porter Jr. will get MRI after missing 3 straight games with knee contusion

Otto Porter Jr., Wizards

Washington Wizards small forward Otto Porter Jr. will get an MRI Monday morning on his right knee, according to Candace Buckner of the Washington Post.

Otto Porter Jr. has missed three-straight games due to what the team is calling a knee contusion in his right knee.

In 25 games for the Wizards this season, Porter Jr. is averaging 11.7 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.0 assists while shooting 48.7 percent from the field, 36.8 percent from beyond the arc and 78.1 percent from the free-throw line. The former No. 3 overall pick hasn’t played since December 10.

The Wizards are paying the 25-year-old forward max money, but he’s producing like a player who shouldn’t be making that much. Porter Jr. signed a lucrative four-year, $106.5 million deal with Washington in the summer of 2017. He is making a whopping $26.0 million this year.

The Wizards are just 11-18 on the season, 11th place in the Eastern Conference. The team acquired veteran swingman Trevor Ariza from the Phoenix Suns, so he will give them some wing depth while Porter Jr. is out.

Washington is second-to-last in the NBA in defense, as they are giving up 117.2 points per game. The Wizards are hoping Ariza can help them improve on the defensive end of the floor and create a better locker room culture.