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Report: Warriors interested in Porter if bought out by Bulls

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Otto Porter

Is it time for the Warriors to bring in another reclamation project? They reportedly could be interested in one who is a former No. 3 overall NBA draft pick. 

The Ringer's Kevin O'Connor reported Monday, citing league sources, that the Warriors would be interested in signing Otto Porter Jr. if he's bought out by the Chicago Bulls. 

The oft-injured Porter hasn't played since Feb. 1 while dealing with a back injury. Since the Bulls acquired him from the Washington Wizards in 2019, he has played just 45 total games due to ongoing back issues. However, the Warriors need wing depth and the 6-foot-8 forward would be a cheap option who can get buckets when healthy. 

In just 16 games played this season, Porter is averaging 11.6 points while shooting 40.0 percent from 3-point range. He's a 40.4 percent career shooter from deep, a skill the Warriors surely could use. 

The Warriors are shooting 36.7 percent from 3 as a team, which ranks 16th in the NBA despite shooting the sixth-most shoots from beyond the arc. Only four Warriors -- Steph Curry, Kent Bazemore, Juan Toscano-Anderson and Mychal Mulder -- are shooting over 40 percent from 3, but Curry is the only one hoisting shots from deep at a high clip. Of the remaining three, Mulder averages the most 3-point attempts per game at only 2.7. 

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Golden State is coming out of the All-Star break with a 19-18 record. That places them as the No. 9 seed in the Western Conference. The Warriors could use all the shooting they can get right now, and Porter could be a cheap option the rest of the way.

 

That is, if he's healthy enough.

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