Soon after Otto Porter's four-year, $106.5 million max contract was announced at a press conference at Capital One Arena, Porter hopped a plane to Poland to help out at Marcin Gortat's annual basketball camp.
Porter joked before he left about how many texts he had received from teammates about how he was now buying dinners on the road. When Gortat first saw Porter in Poland, he had the contract on his mind.
"Where's the bag with the money?"
Gortat shared his thoughts on Porter's new contract on a recent episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast in an extensive interview with CSN's Chris Miller. Here is what he shared about Porter's contract:
"'Where is the bag with money? Even though we are in Poland, you're still paying for everything.' I mean, listen, I'm super happy for him. I'm super happy for him. I'm also jealous, I'm not gonna lie. I'm also jealous. The guy is making twice more than me, over twice more than me. But that's just how it is. It's a business. I'm happy for him. He definitely deserves it. He's a great kid. He's a very smart person. He's a very down-to-earth person. He's a humble person. I've seen his work. He was in the weight room with me a lot. Maybe he wasn't lifting the weights I was lifting, but he was lifting something.
"So, the most important thing is that the guy is a hard worker and he's performing. He's a great rebounder for his size and for his position. Obviously, he's shooting extremely well. I'm just happy for him that he's on the team. Obviously, he's going to be in a tough situation because we have five talented guys in the starting lineup and there's only one basketball. He has to find his spot. He has to find his moments. He's going to have some games. But then when the ball is rolling to him and the game is not going his way, he has to find other ways to help us: playing defense, getting rebounds, having those rotations on point. That's pretty much about everybody."
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