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Morning tip: Otto Porter emerges as 3rd scoring option

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Morning tip: Otto Porter emerges as 3rd scoring option

Surprisingly, Marcin Gortat hasn't found his footing in the Wizards' new offense which gives him more space to operate in the low post. Whether Bradley Beal is lost for any significant time or not because of a left shoulder injury, this is the spot for Otto Porter to assert himself even more going into Tuesday's game at the Oklahoma City Thunder. 

Overshadowed in Saturday's sloppy 114-99 loss at the Atlanta Hawks is Porter's career-high 23 points. 

Gortat, who viewed himself as the third option behind John Wall and Beal in the offense, has yet to score more than 10 points in a game and has just one double-double in six games. The post-up opportunities aren't there while Porter is averaging 13.3 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists in his first season as the starting small forward. 

"I felt like we felt too comfortable," Porter said after he shot 8-for-12 in Atlanta. "We didn't execute. Kept (having) careless turnovers. Shot ourselves in the foot. We got to focus on it a lot more. We got to do it as a collective. Not being in the right spots. It's simple things like that whether it bounces off your foot. Simple things that we can control. In the next couple games we're going to focus on that a lot more."

The Wizards should find out Monday exactly what's wrong with Beal's left shoulder. He had a violent collision in Saturday's game in the fourth quarter and left before the final buzzer.

As the No. 3 option, Porter's production is sufficient though more would help take the pressure off the backcourt. He has reached double-digit scoring in half of the Wizards' games.

If Beal's injury turns out to be serious, he'll have to do more. 

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Neil Olshey signs extension with Trail Blazers, off the table for Wizards job

Neil Olshey signs extension with Trail Blazers, off the table for Wizards job

After Tim Connelly decided to re-join the Nuggets rather than take the Wizards' vacant front-office position, Washington has been forced back to the drawing board.

The Wizards have interviewed Thunder assistant general manager Troy Weaver, former Hawks general manager Danny Ferry and Wizards interim team president Tommy Sheppard.

In addition to those names, NBC Sports Washington's Ben Standig reported the team could have interest in Trail Blazers president of basketball operations Neil Olshey. 

That option was eliminated Friday when Olshey signed an extension to remain with Portland. 

With Connelly and Olshey off the table, there are fewer high-profile candidates left for the Wizards to consider as replacements for Ernie Grunfeld. 

Standig noted that Warriors assistant general manager Larry Harris could also draw interest from Washington. 

The franchise is running out of time to find their new front-office leader with less than a month remaining before the NBA Draft. 

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NBA, NBAPA agree to move up start of free agency by six hours

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NBA, NBAPA agree to move up start of free agency by six hours

The Woj bombs are gonna start dropping a little earlier this year. 

The NBA and the NBA Players Association announced Friday that the two parties have agreed to move up the start of free agency by six hours. Teams can now begin negotiating with free agents at 6 p.m. ET on June 30 instead of having to wait until 12:01 ET on July 1. 

The move ensures fans -- and eternally grateful media members -- don't have to stay up until midnight waiting for the madness that is NBA free agency to begin. As Keith Smith of Yahoo Sports put it, this is "quite possibly the best thing to happen with NBA free agency in years!" 

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