LAS VEGAS -- Before the free agency and the trade market kicked into full swing, John Wall attended the NBA Awards and was asked about recuriting Paul George to the Wizards.
Wall pointed out the obvious weaknesses that George, who ended up being sent by the Indiana Pacers to the Oklahoma City Thunder in a trade, would cover in place of Porter.
Porter isn't strong and can be bullied by physical small forwards. Markieff Morris, for instance, spent most of the time defending LeBron James. Porter was matched with Kevin Love who used his strength advantage on the boards. Porter also can be a step slow when defending curls and handoffs. He can have trouble fighting through screens, too.
But the restricted free agent received a four-year deal from the Wizards at $106 million that they matched from the Brooklyn Nets. While Porter has a reputation of being a defender, he's not at George's level. He's a four-time All-Star who can defend four spots on the floor.
"There's nothing wrong about it. I know what Otto means for our team, what he does," Wall said while watching the Wizards play the Miami Heat on Monday. "Otto is going to be a great player for us, a great role player for a lot of teams. It's a difference between a role player and a superstar. A lot of teams will make a trade for a superstar. ... I know what love in Otto as a teammate but at the end of the day if you can make your team better you always do that. If people take it the wrong way then so be it."