ESPN’s Chris Haynes and Marc J. Spears report that the Kings have offered Otto Porter the max following a meeting with the Wizard’s small forward. Porter, they and Brian Lewis report, is still taking meetings.
Reporting with @MarcJSpearsESPN: ESPN sources say Sacramento offered Washington restricted free-agent Otto Porter the max.— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) July 2, 2017
Otto Porter still has more meetings to take, but sources say the Wizards are adamant that they'll match any and all offers.— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) July 2, 2017
Porter's willingness to still take meetings is only good for the #Nets. Only two suitors that can afford him...or KCP for that matter.— Brian Lewis (@NYPost_Lewis) July 2, 2017
Later, Haynes reported that two unidentified teams, one of them presumably the Nets, will meet with Porter.
ESPN Sources: Otto Porter Jr. is scheduling meetings with two more teams and then he'll decide which offer sheet to sign.— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) July 3, 2017
That’s indeed good news for the Nets ... if they are going to make a pitch to the 24-year-old. As of Sunday, the identity of the other team wasn’t known. A max offer would pay Porter $24.75 million and be worth $106 million over four years.
Keith Smith of Real GM reported earlier that the Nets are trying to “secure a meeting.”
Source indicates Brooklyn Nets are trying to secure a meeting with Otto Porter. Kings & Nets not scared off by Wizards stance on matching. https://t.co/MLxVM2DDEQ— Keith Smith (@KeithSmithNBA) July 2, 2017
Porter was one of the top three-point shooters in the NBA last season. He averaged 13.4 points per game and shot 43.4 percent from three point range.
Although Washington continues to leak its insistence on matching (a violation of league rules, by the way), the franchise has never paid a dime in luxury taxes in its history and they would have to.
Meanwhile, Darren Wolfson, of KTSP Minneapolis-St. Paul, says Nets had interest in another free agent.
Hear that the #Twolves beat out a few other offers for new PF Taj Gibson. Told one was from the Nets. Thibs connection obviously helpful. pic.twitter.com/U9Np3nV3lM— Darren Wolfson (@DWolfsonKSTP) July 3, 2017
Gibson is a native of Brooklyn.