Wednesday's press conference to officially announce Otto Porter's new four-year contract worth $106.5 million offered those within the Wizards organization like majority owner Ted Leonsis and team president Ernie Grunfeld to tout the plan they set forth years ago: to draft, develop and then retain their own franchise cornerstones. Years ago they set that blueprint and Porter represents evidence it is working just how they intended.
That all makes for good talking points on a podium, but the true effect of that message is clear in the words of Porter himself. He can offer a testimonial of the examples set by Bradley Beal and then John Wall before him.
"They set the bar high and I'm gonna continue to set my bar high, too," Porter said.
Porter, 24, earned his contract by putting up career numbers this past season. He averaged 13.4 points, 6.4 rebounds and shot 43.4 percent from three-point range.
By the time he entered restricted free agency, Porter was a hot commodity among teams with salary cap room. But in order to set himself up for all of that, he needed to make a significant leap from the season before when he shot just 36.7 percent from three on a team that didn't make the playoffs.
Porter faced that pressure and overcame it convincingly.
"I felt it was easy to do, believe it or not," Porter said of compartmentalizing this past season. "Most guys find it hard because all they're worrying about is contract, contract, contract. But for me, just going out there and playing and trusting my coaching staff and my teammates, I didn't really have to worry about it too much. I thank them for that."
Like Wall and Beal, Porter earned a max contract through his improvement on the court. Now comes the criticism and questions of whether he is worth the money. They certainly had to face that in the first years of their new contracts. Now it's Porter's turn.
"I will just use it as motivation, just like Brad and John did," Porter said.
Porter's role in the locker room may now change naturally as he returns to training camp in September with another year under his belt. But surely being the highest-paid player on the Wizards could have an effect on how his teammates and his peers around the league see him.
Beal emerged as a more vocal leader this past season for the Wizards in the first year of his new contract. Perhaps the same happens to Porter.
Regardless, Porter's teammates have already been quick to mention the money.
"I got so many of [texts about buying dinners]. I'm actually about to go to Poland with [Marcin] Gortat. He's already saying it's dinner on me. I don't even know anything over there," Porter joked.
Porter may have to pick up some tabs this year, but he has some bigger financial plans in mind.
"I want to give money back to my high school, then some to my church. Then my mom gets whatever else is left," he said.