Though things didn't happen as quickly as they technically could have, as Otto Porter was allowed to meet with teams and field offers in restricted free agency, all along the Wizards and Porter himself had a strong hunch they would ultimately come to an agreement and continue their partnership with a new contract.
Often times head coach Scott Brooks, team president Ernie Grunfeld and even Porter himself would refer to each other as one when discussing the future beyond the 2016-17 season. That, as Brooks explained on Wednesday after Porter's introductory press conference at the Verizon Center, was not just smoke and mirrors.
"This wasn't really much of a secret," Brooks said. "I knew he was coming back the night we lost in Boston in Game 7 because I knew how important he was to our organization."
Porter, 24, re-signed on a four-year contract worth $106.5 million after meeting with the Sacramento Kings and Brooklyn Nets. The Nets made him a max offer sheet that the Wizards matched. Throughout that process the Wizards remained confident they would bring him back and all indications were that they would match whatever number Porter received. They ultimately did that on a deal that includes a fourth year player option and a trade kicker.
It was a big business decision for both sides, but each party is comfortable with the terms.
"The market spoke," majority owner Ted Leonsis said. "There was no drama in this signing."
"Those things are expected," Grunfeld said of the contract provisions.
Porter went into free agency for the first time in July and with that came many new experiences of the business side of the sport. Even when the Kings and Nets showed interest, he thought Washington was where he would end up.
"I knew I had a good chance of being back here. This is where I wanted to be from the get-go. There was the business part. It was a process and a great learning experience, but this is where I wanted to be," he said.
The Wizards' confidence in signing Porter was rooted in striving for continuity on their roster and familiarity in what he offers. They know how hard he works and feel that should bode well as they project his future.
"Otto has a great work ethic. He's gotten better every year. He got better every year in college," Grunfeld said. "This is a very special day for our organization. When we started our rebuild we said we wanted to build with a young core. Today we announce that we will keep one of those players in our core in Otto Porter."
Porter averaged 13.4 points last season and shot 43.4 percent from three, fourth-best in the NBA. Now he is the highest-paid player on the team with a salary beginning at $24.8 million this coming year. That is a good deal of money, but the Wizards are happy to spend it on what they feel like is a sure-thing in Porter.