Rumors: Wizards have shown little interest in trading Otto Porter as a pure salary dump
The Washington Wizards aren’t opposed to trading small forward Otto Porter Jr., but they have shown little interest in losing the swingman as a pure salary dump move.
Otto Porter Jr. signed a lucrative four-year, $106.5 million contract with the Wizards in 2017. The 25-year-old is making $26 million this season and owed $27.25 million next year.
With John Wall’s supermax extension kicking in next year, the Wizards are going to have a lot of money tied to Porter, Wall and shooting guard Bradley Beal. However, it looks like Washington wants to get some type of asset in return for Porter, according to Sean Deveney of Sporting News.
The Mavericks have shown interest in Wizards forward Otto Porter, and could relieve Washington of Porter’s hefty contract ($56 million over the next two years after this season) by sending over Matthews and forward Dwight Powell.
That would still leave the Mavs with enough offseason money to land a max-contract player, but the Wizards have shown little interest in losing Porter as a pure salary dump. The Mavs would be unlikely to include Dennis Smith Jr. or draft picks as part of a Porter package.
In 32 games for the Wizards this season, Porter is averaging 12.6 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game while shooting 48.2 percent from the field, 39.2 percent from beyond the arc and 78.7 percent from the free-throw line.
Besides the Mavs, the New Orleans Pelicans have reportedly shown interest in trading for Porter.