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Marcin Gortat reacts to Otto Porter's max contract with Wizards: 'Where's the bag with the money?'

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Marcin Gortat reacts to Otto Porter's max contract with Wizards: 'Where's the bag with the money?'

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."

You can listen to Gortat's full podcast interview right here:

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How drawing up a play in the interview process helped sell the Wizards on Troy Brown

How drawing up a play in the interview process helped sell the Wizards on Troy Brown

While meeting with Oregon's Troy Brown during the pre-draft interview process, evaluators from the Washington Wizards issued him an on-the-spot challenge. Head coach Scott Brooks pulled out a dry-erase clipboard and a pen. He wanted to see Brown draw up a play.

This is a test Brooks has administered before to other players. Some have failed miserably.

"It sounds easy to throw a board at somebody in front of a big group and say 'okay draw a play' and I have seen many plays drawn, and I have seen it where there are not five players on the floor," Brooks said.

That wasn't the case with Brown. He didn't just draw up one play, he drew up several. One in particular came to mind when asked by reporters on Thursday night soon after the Wizards took him 15th overall in the first round of the NBA Draft.

“I think it was a situation where we were down by two or something like that," he said. "It was like a back screen into a slip, and then the fade three and they gave you a lot of various options to cause mismatches on the court for a last minute shot to either go ahead, or even attack the basket for a layup to go into overtime.”

NBC Sports Washington analyst Cory Alexander, a veteran of seven NBA seasons, demonstrated what Brown's play looked like on a whiteboard:

The Xs and Os of basketball flow effortlessly for Brown and Wizards' brass couldn't help but be impressed.

"He really understands the game. I think for a kid that is 18 years old, that is rare but he just has a good feel," Brooks said. 

"We were impressed with his character and the type of person he is and his basketball knowledge," team president Ernie Grunfeld said. "Obviously, like any young player, he has a lot of work to do but he has a lot of the intangibles that I think you need in today's game."

Smarts are a big part of what makes Brown a good basketball player. He isn't a particularly explosive athlete, with a modest 33-inch max vertical leap, but he boasts a 6-foot-10 wingspan and solid agility. Being in the right place at the right time and knowing how to operate an offense helps him make the most of his natural abilities.

Passing is where his basketball IQ comes in handy. Brown is unusually good at distributing for a 6-foot-7 small forward. He averaged 3.2 assists as a freshman at Oregon and nine times had five assists or more in a game.

He can pass like a point guard and the Wizards are excited to implement that skill into their offense.

"Passing is contagious. We’ve been pretty good the last two years and with talking about that how we even want to take another step," Brooks said. "He has the ability to make a lot of quick plays and his ball handling is pretty good for a guy his size. That is one thing I was impressed in his workout last week or when we had him. He is able to take the contact and use his strong frame to get inside the key and make plays.”

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Breaking down the Wizards' 2018 draft class

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Breaking down the Wizards' 2018 draft class

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman, Chase Hughes and Chris Miller analyze the Wizards' two picks the night of the draft.

They went in-depth on first round pick Troy Brown, Jr. and why the Wizards took him when some big names were still on the board. They also broke down why the Wizards chose to pick a draft-and-stash guy in the second round.

You can listen to the episode right here:

You can download the podcast on Apple Podcasts right here and on Google Play. If you like the show please tell your friends!