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LeBron James says Otto Porter is earning his max contract for Wizards

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LeBron James says Otto Porter is earning his max contract for Wizards

Though some were skeptical when the Wizards signed forward Otto Porter to a max contract worth $106.5 million over four years this past summer, Porter has responded with a convincing start to this season and in doing so has earned some high praise from LeBron James.

James discussed Porter's improvement at the Cavaliers' shootaround on Friday morning at Capital One Arena and brought up the contract unprompted.

"He's worked on his game extremely well and he's earned the big paycheck that he got," James said.

Porter has drawn glowing reviews from opponents and opposing coaches over the past year in particular. When they scout the Wizards on film, Porter stands out as a guy who does the little things required to win in the NBA.

James is a fan of his game.

"You can't give Otto Porter no daylight these days. The last couple of years he has shot the ball extremely well, especially from the perimeter which has ultimately created a lot of opportunities and space for John [Wall]," James said.

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Porter, 24, is averaging 18.7 points, 7.5 rebounds and a league-best 2.7 steals per game, all while shooting a ridiculous 55.7 percent from the field and 51.7 percent from three. He's one of the most efficient players in the NBA and has really come into his own after being drafted third overall by the Wizards in 2013.

The Wizards' 2015 first round pick, Kelly Oubre, Jr., is also making strides this year. He's putting up 11.0 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game. Oubre is just 21, but the Cavs see a player getting better at a fast pace.

"I worked out with Kelly this summer with John a couple of times. It's just all about confidence for him," James said. "He's getting an opportunity from the coach and he's just trying to seize the opportunity and make the most of it."

"His three-point shooting," Cavs head coach Tyronn Lue said when asked what has improved in Oubre's game. "We knew he was a slasher. We knew he could get to the basket. The way he's shooting the ball, with his confidence in taking [4.4] a game and shooting [45.2] percent. He improved his jumpshot and he can play off of Wall and [Bradley] Beal. He's really taken to that, so we've gotta be aware of him when he's on the floor. He's turned into a good player."

The Wizards get their first crack at the Cavs on Friday night at Capital One Arena.

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John Wall has MRI on left knee as early-season injury saga continues

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John Wall has MRI on left knee as early-season injury saga continues

Point guard John Wall was a notable absence at Friday afternoon's Wizards practice, as he sat out after having an MRI done on his left knee earlier in the day. 

Despite playing well against the Hornets in the team's last game, Wall is still feeling discomfort and now the Wizards wait to hear the test results. Wall may not play against the Blazers on Saturday night.

"John is definitely going to be questionable tomorrow," head coach Scott Brooks said. "We'll see how he feels [Saturday morning] and then make a decision from there."

Wall's knee issues date back to two weekends ago. He was administered two IVs by the Wizards training staff in order to play in a game against the Hawks. Those IVs were given to him due to him being sick and dealing with migraine headaches. But the fluids did not settle correctly and collected in his knee.

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Wall has since had his knee drained, but the problems have persisted. Wall says his mobility is affected most.

Wall, 27, has missed two games for the Wizards this season, one due to a sprained left shoulder and another because of his knee. He is averaging 20.3 points and 9.2 assists per game.

Wall had one of his best games against the season in Charlotte on Wednesday. Despite playing through pain, he managed 31 points and 11 assists. He played 41 minutes because the game went to overtime.

If Wall can't go against the Blazers, the Wizards will rely heavily on backup point guard Tim Frazier. Either way, they have a tough assignment at that position with Damian Lillard of Portland.

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Markieff Morris loves what he sees from Wizards forward Mike Scott so far

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Markieff Morris loves what he sees from Wizards forward Mike Scott so far

The early returns on backup forward Mike Scott have been quite good for the Wizards. Signed to a one-year deal in free agency, Scott is off to a strong start.

He's averaging 8.6 points and 3.4 rebounds while shooting 53.4 percent from the field and 44.8 percent from three. His 59.7 effective field goal percentage is second on the team behind Otto Porter.

At his best, Scott has proven to be instant offense and an efficient scorer. He's reached double figures in seven out of his last 12 appearances while shooting 59 percent.

Scott is the backup to Markieff Morris and Morris likes what he sees so far.

"He fits perfect. We should have been gotten him," Morris said on the Wizards Tipoff podcast. "I feel like me and him are going to have a couple great years together, if you ask me."

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There are some similarities in the games of Morris and Scott. They are close in size and can score both inside and out. They offer a respectable three-point shot with a strong midrange and post game to complement.

Others have pointed it out and Morris sees it, too.

"I think he's trying to steal my game," he joked. "We kind of resemble each other a lot more than what I thought before he got here."

Morris also discussed his relationship with John Wall and Bradley Beal, how his season has gone so far and who Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons remind him of on the podcast.

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