As the NBA approaches the trade deadline and the buyout market, a familiar name could return to the Washington Wizards.
Just as they seem to do every season, the Washington Wizards have managed to keep things interesting after a poor start to the season. Going into the All-Star Break, Washington has won eight of their last 11 and are playing their best basketball of the season.
Bradley Beal has played like an All-NBA player, Russell Westbrook has managed to clean up some of his early poor play, and Rui Hachimura is turning into a serious contributor right before our eyes.
As the Wizards look to take their game to the next level and back into the playoff conversation, some added reinforcements might be necessary. Although I think this team should rebuild, they need some added firepower if they insist on competing. They need it the most out on the wing, where they’ve tried several options (Deni Avdija, Troy Brown Jr, Garrison Mathews, Isaac Bonga) and have settled on Garrison Mathews despite him being more of a guard than an actual wing.
There is one player who is rumored to be potentially bought out by his current club, who could be an interesting add for the Wizards: Otto Porter.
Yup, that’s right, that Otto Porter. The former Wizard who was drafted in 2013 and was with the team until he was traded to the Bulls in 2019.
A very polarizing figure during his tenure in D.C., Porter has a game that is predicated around exactly what the Wizards need right now, shooting and defense.
A lot of the animosity (mine included) towards Porter during his stint in D.C. resulted from him earning max-contract money without producing max-contract results. If he came to D.C. after being bought out by the Bulls, Porter would definitely not be making that type of money again.
If we’re talking production, Porter is the type of player (on a smaller deal) who could provide exactly what the Wizards need right now.