Otto Porter doesn't have an extension to his rookie contract with the Wizards, but president Enrie Grunfeld said he has talked with his small forward and intends to keep him next summer when he hits the market.
"We had conversations but we want Otto here long-term," Grunfeld told CSNmidatlantic.com on Wednesday, before the regular-season home opener with the Toronto Raptors. "We like Otto. We really like what he brings to the table. He’s a really good player that meshes well with John (Wall) and Brad (Beal) who like to have the ball in their hands. Otto cuts and spots up and he does a lot of little things. He makes a lot of winning plays that don’t show up in the boxscore. Our intention is in the offeseason is to have Otto signed and have him here long-term."
Porter was eligible for an extension through Oct. 31 but the Wizards let the deadline pass. Porter, who will make $5.9 million this season as the No. 3 overall pick in 2013, will become restricted when the Wizards make him a $7.7 million qualifying offer (125% of his salary, required by the CBA). If the Wizarrds don't make him a qualifying offer, he'd become unrestricted and free to sign with any team.
A qualifying offer doesn't mean a deal has been reached. It's required to be tendered by the Wizards to give them first right of refusal if Porter were to seek out a deal and bring them an offer sheet from another team. Though Porter is just in his second season as a starter, he will command more than $7.7 million with the salary cap spiking again in the summer of 2017. The cap hit on for the Wizards will be smaller (a $7.7 million cap hold is placed on the books if the Wizards qualify him) than the actual terms of any contract. That way, similar to what they did with Bradley Beal when he was in the same position a year ago, they manufacture more cap space and retain flexibility for a roster that is likely to have some turnover.
If anyone is equipped to handle the questions and pressure of being in a contract year, it's Porter.
"We like everything about him. Great character, very hard worker, very low key, does everythng behind the scenes," Grunfeld said. "I talked to Otto and let him know that he’s very important to us and we expect him to continue to work hard, continue to improve and continue to contribute to what we’re tyring to do."
[RELATED: Attention over contract doesn't faze Wizards' Porter]
Rui Hachimura continued his dominance in international friendlies Saturday as he put up 31 points and five rebounds in a winning effort over Germany.
After a highlight-reel performance in Thursday's loss to Argentina, Hachimura was back at it two days later.
That block at the 37-second mark is just filthy. It would also be goaltending in the NBA, but FIBA rules allow players to touch the ball at pretty much any time once it's made contact with some part of the hoop. Nevertheless, the athleticism to make this play is what stands out.
But Hachimura wasn't finished.
He looks more like Steph Curry leading that breakaway, dribbling behind his back and finishing at the rim himself than a 6-foot-8 forward.
With the international friendly schedule at its end, Japan will tip off the 2020 FIBA World Cup on Sunday, Sept. 1 against Turkey. After a matchup with the Czech Republic, Hachimura and Japan will take on his future NBA opponents when they face the United States on Sept. 5.
MORE WIZARDS NEWS:
Before he joined the Los Angeles Lakers as part of a blockbuster summer that saw them land Anthony Davis, before he won the NBA Finals as a role player with the Golden State Warriors, and before he averaged double-digit scoring and won the NCAA tournament at Duke, Quinn Cook was a star point guard at DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville, Md.
Cook was in town this week for his fourth annual youth basketball camp at First Baptist Church of Glenarden in Landover. NBC Sports Washington’s Chris Miller sat down with the former Stag, who he’s known since the now-Lakers guard was 14 years old, on the Wizards Talk podcast.
Miller talked with Cook about why he feels connected to kids in the local community and what it was like losing his father as a teenager. One of his closest friends is fellow DeMatha product Victor Oladipo, who helped him get through the loss of his father Ted when he died suddenly in 2008 after going into a coma following a colon procedure.
“My best friend Norman and Victor, their parents took them out of school, and they were with me for two weeks,” Cook said. “At the funeral, [head coach Mike] Jones had the entire DeMatha basketball program…come to the funeral and all sit together [with] their uniforms on.”
Cook also went on to talk about his time at Duke, the viral video in which he convinced some people at the mall he was J Cole and his obsession with winning before going into how he landed in Los Angeles this offseason.
“When Golden State withdrew their qualifying offer, I became unrestricted and had some teams call me and the Lakers thing, it just happened quick,” Cook said. “I had talks with them, AD called me, [LeBron James] called Rob Palinka for me, and Coach K called them, talked to Bron and stuff and we got it done.”
Check out the full podcast below and listen to Miller talk hoops every week on the Wizards Talk podcast.
MORE WIZARDS NEWS: