Otto Porter Jr. receives maximum offer from Kings as Wizards stay busy


Well-traveled shooting guard Jodie Meeks will join the Wizards. (Richard Mackson/USA Today Sports)

Otto Porter Jr. received a maximum contract offer sheet from the Sacramento Kings on Sunday after a meeting among Porter, his representation and Kings officials. According to an ESPN report, the Kings offered Porter the highest possible figure for a player of his stature: a four-year deal starting at 25 percent of the salary cap, or $24.8 million for this coming season.

As a restricted free agent, Porter can still return to the Washington Wizards, but the team must match the Kings’ offer. Washington has until Saturday to re-sign Porter.

According to several people familiar with the Wizards’ thinking, the team will in fact match the lofty offer. The Wizards did not extend their own maximum offer to Porter at the start of the free agency period at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, but team officials still believe that he is a vital part of the team’s success. If Porter re-signs with Washington, he would become the highest-paid player on the roster.

Keeping Porter would greatly limit Washington’s spending potential. Therefore, the Wizards must find minimum salaries to complete the roster. They made one such deal Sunday,

Article source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wizards-insider/wp/2017/07/02/wizards-agree-to-sign-free-agent-jodie-meeks-to-two-year-7-million-deal/

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