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Report: Wizards not interested in trading Otto Porter Jr. for future assets, cap flexibility

Otto Porter Jr., Wizards

The Washington Wizards have shown “little appetite” for trading forward Otto Porter Jr. anywhere for a return that is heavy on future assets and cap flexibility, according to ESPN’s Zach Lowe.

The Sacramento Kings have been chasing Porter ever since first setting eyes on him during the 2017 offseason, and while they have the need for a rangy 3-and-D player like Porter, they will have to refrain from trying to unload the expiring contracts of Zach Randolph and Kosta Koufos, who they have tried to trade in recent weeks.

The Kings have the picks to make it worth the while, but as Wizards owner Ted Leonsis said on Thursday, his team isn’t tanking.

Washington still has a puncher’s chance to make the playoffs, standing only 2.5 games from eighth place in the Eastern Conference after going 6-4 in the last 10 games.

If the Wizards were to trade Porter, the owner’s mentality suggests they’d want an immediate contributor in return along with future pieces, making Z-Bo and Koufos a no-no in negotiations.

Washington simply isn’t in selling mode. Whether that is delusion or wisdom, it’s yet to be determined.

The Kings still have work-in-progress assets like Justin Jackson and Bogdan Bogdanovic, who offer that same 3-and-D potential, but without Porter’s maturity or long-standing record of marksmanship.

Otto Porter Jr. has thrived in his bench role, doling out 20-point outings in four of his last six games under coach Scott Brooks.