Washington Wizards Keep Word, Match Otto Porter’s Offer Sheet

Washington Wizards’ Otto Porter is returning to Washington. No surprises here, as the Wizards have matched the Brooklyn Nets’ max $106 million offer. After Porter passes his physical, he will become the Wizards’ highest paid player.

The moment 8 months in the making finally came on Saturday. The Washington Wizards matched the max contract offer sheet for Otto Porter, according to reports.

The team hasn’t officially announced the move, but it’s been an expected move since December or January. The Wizards were not going to let the 24-year old leave after the most promising season of his career.

With Porter now the highest paid Wizard, the team will expect to see him continue to grow, and increase his ability to create offense for himself and others. Last season he excelled in his 3 and D role, with most of his offense coming on catch and shoot opportunities.

Porter will make $24.8 million next season, and will contribute to the Wizards being over the luxury tax line for the first time in franchise history.

Candace Buckner of the Washington Post expects the team to wait until Wednesday evening to make the signing official, and submit the necessary paperwork to the league.

The offer sheet comes with a variety of add-ons, including a no trade clause in year one and a 15% trade kicker on his salary.

Washington now has 15 players rostered, but enough cap room to sign another player at close to minimum salary. The Wizards had been pursuing Jamal Crawford, but he chose to ultimately sign with Minnesota on Saturday.