LAS VEGAS -- A lot of conjecture and posturing takes place during NBA free agency with mostly anonymously sourced reports and misdirection. That was no different with Otto Porter before he received an offer sheet from the Brooklyn Nets for $106 million that the Wizards matched to retain the restricted free agent.
But first he met with the Sacramento Kings who reportedly made him a $106 million offer over four years, too.
League sources told CSNmidatlantic.com, however, that there was confusion over whether or not an offer sheet was extended for Porter to even consider signing following their meeting in D.C. when free agency opened July 1. Two days ago, Kings GM Vlade Divac confirmed to CSN after they played a Las Vegas summer league game.
"We just talked," Divac said, denying that Porter walked away with an offer sheet when asked that specific question.
The Wizards thought Porter had one from Sacramento, too. The Kings moved to sign George Hill and Zach Randolph with their cap space. (Note: Persons involved in these negotiations also thought Porter had an offer sheet).
Since the Nets came through with an actual offer sheet it’s a moot point now, but it underscores how games are played even during the offseason. And it can be difficult to determine who is being straight forward and who isn't. Both sides would have their reasons.