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What would Otto Porter getting max offer sheet with Kings means for Wizards

What would Otto Porter getting max offer sheet with Kings means for Wizards

The $106 million offer sheet that Otto Porter could sign with the Sacramento Kings on Sunday could put the Wizards in a difficult spot because of the salary cap.

It's $99 million, $3 million less than the projections just a few months ago, and the luxury tax line is set at $119 million for the 2017-18 season.

After trading for Tim Frazier a week ago and signing Jodie Meeks using the bi-annual exception, the Wizards are right at $99 million for 11 guaranteed salaries. The minimum contracts of Daniel Ochefu and Sheldon Mac ($2.6 million total) are non-guaranteed. 


The 2017 collective barganing agreement has been set up to give the Bird rightsholders a better chance at retaining their own free agents. It used to be a player could force a sign-and-trade, get to his new destination and not have to scarifice anything. He'd still get the maximum years and raises for each year.

Now, if a player does that he has to leave money on the table. Porter could get one more year (five) from Washington so if it matches his Sacramento's max it's still less than what the team would play had it offered Porter the max from the beginning of free agency July 1.

For months it has been clear that the Wizards intend to match any offers for Porter. Or will they change gears?

-- The Wizards would have 48 hours after Porter signs. Offer sheets can be signed during the July 1-6 moratorium period when players are allowed to come to terms, or non-binding agreements for contracts, with teams. If they don't match it, Porter's new team is the Kings, or whoever's offer sheet he'd sign.

-- The player can fetch one offer sheet. If he signs Sacramento's, Porter can't then go to the Brooklyn Nets and get a max offer sheet and force the Wizards to match that. It would be the same deal financially anyway. He'd either be in Sacramento or Washington next season. There's no other party.

-- Once a player signs an offer sheet, he cannot be part of any sign-and-trade deal. Porter and his agent could still go out and find a team to partner to deal for him.

-- Porter cannot be traded for one full year without his consent if there's an offer sheet match and the Wizards cannot strike a deal with the Kings for him within that year. 

-- Some contracts have ETOs, or early-termination options, but the Kings' offer sheet cannot have one. In other words, Porter's money is fully guaranteed. No early outs. 

-- The Wizards can exceed the cap to retain their own free agent such as Porter but they'd be over the tax line. They'd still have until the end of the upcoming regular season to shed salary to avoid being in the tax.

-- As long as Porter doesn't put his signature on the offer sheet, he can work out a different structured deal with the Wizards. They can opt to offer him the maximum years (five) at less per year to match or exceed $106 million. In other words, a year more of security could lessen the Wizards' own cap hit to stay under the tax. Instead of an average salary of $26.5 million over four years, it would be $21.2 million over five years.

-- Bojan Bogdanovic would likely out of the picture in this scenario unless there is another move or series of moves that creates room for the Wizards' other restricted free agent. They have to fill at least 14 of 15 roster spots, per new CBA rules, so that's still more salary. Undrafted rookies on the Las Vegas summer league team, Devin Robinson and Michael Young, are the leading candidates among that group but suffice to say whoever those players turn out to be they'll will likely be on minimum salaries. 

Regardless of what president Ernie Grunfeld does, there's a lot more manuevering to be done.


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Wizards' 2018-19 storyline No. 4: How will all the expiring contracts work out?

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Wizards' 2018-19 storyline No. 4: How will all the expiring contracts work out?

With Wizards training camp set to begin next week, we at NBC Sports Washington are counting down the five biggest storylines for the team as they start a new season. Today, at No. 4, a look at the amount of expiring contracts on the roster and how those situations will work themselves out…

One way or another, what happens for the Wizards in the 2018-19 season will be determined in part by seven players operating in the final years of their contracts. That seven does not include Dwight Howard, who has a player option for the 2019-20 season worth just $5.6 million. If he’s lumped into that group, only the L.A. Clippers have more players entering walk years.

The Wizards players in their contract years include Markieff Morris, Kelly Oubre, Jr., Austin Rivers, Tomas Satoransky, Jeff Green, Jodie Meeks and Jason Smith. That will present a unique dynamic to the Wizards’ roster and it may affect guys differently.

Some may thrive, knowing how much money they stand to gain with a big year before free agency. Others may succumb to the pressure as they find their niche on a team with a lot of added depth at several positions.

Let’s start with Rivers. The challenge for him will be going through his contract year while taking a reduced role from what he was used to with the Clippers. Last season, he started in 59 games and averaged 33.7 minutes and 13.2 field goal attempts.

Now in Washington, Rivers has to play second fiddle to two All-Star guards in John Wall and Bradley Beal. The minutes and shot attempts will almost certainly go down in a year where he would understandably want all of his numbers to go up.

Green may also have a smaller role than what he was in Cleveland where he started 13 games and averaged 23.4 minutes. But this is his fourth straight year playing on an expiring contract and knows what he’s getting into. He should be fine.

Meeks and Smith are in an interesting spot because they are longtime NBA veterans who don’t have defined roles entering this season. They, of course, would like to put up good enough numbers to earn their next NBA contracts, but will have a tough time getting minutes.

Oubre and Satoransky are in unique spots because this is the first time in their careers they have played in contract years. Oubre, in particular, has a lot of money on the line as a former first round pick who is just 22 years old.

A big year for him could mean a lucrative contract next summer. He has seen how breakout seasons in walk years has helped Beal and Otto Porter, Jr. get paid and surely wants to follow that same career path. The Wizards would certainly welcome that type of emergence from Oubre, as he could drastically transform their ceiling as a team.

Satoransky, 26, is older than Oubre, but has intriguing potential based on his athleticism and versatility. The problem, however, is that recent history shows his minutes are anything but guaranteed.

Morris is in his own category among the Wizards’ expiring contracts because he’s 29 and probably facing his best opportunity for a long-term payday. Morris also has some money to recoup from taking a hometown discount from the Suns years ago, one that didn’t pay off as he hoped.

Howard, though technically under contract for 2019-20, is susceptible to the same factors as the others on expiring deals. If he puts up strong numbers and helps the Wizards succeed, he could opt out and cash in.

The Wizards are confident the expiring contracts will not be a detriment to their locker room. But in order for that to be the case, the players will need to compartmentalize and focus on the team’s goals rather than their own. For some, that might be easier said than done.


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5 things to know about Wizards training camp invitee Lavoy Allen


5 things to know about Wizards training camp invitee Lavoy Allen

On Wednesday the Washington Wizards added a six-year NBA veteran Lavoy Allen to their list of training camp invitees. 

At 29, Allen comes to the Wizards after being picked up by the Capital City Go-Go in the G-league's expansion draft.

Here are five things to know about the newest Wizard:

1. Allen spent the last season in the G-league

Although he has spent six years in the NBA, he was not as fortunate during the 2017-18 season. Last year he was on the court with the Northern Arizona Suns and only played in 10 of the squad's 50 games.

Averaging 21 minutes of action, he scored nine points a game and grabbed just over six rebounds. 

The last NBA franchise he played on was the Indiana Pacers, who declined their team-option in 2017.

2. At 6-9, Allen Recorded 22 rebounds in an NBA game 

Allen's second year in the association was arguably the best of his career. Ascending as a rotational for the Philadelphia 76ers, Allen started a career-high 37 games during the 2012-13 season.

None of his starts were bigger for him than a February win over the Charlotte Bobcats when he brought down 22 rebounds, 11 of them on the offensive end. He also recorded 14 points on 7-for-16 shooting. 

3. He's the all-time leading rebounder in Temple history 

As one of the best Owls to ever suit up, Allen has etched his name in the Temple record books. With 1,147 boards there is not a single Owl that has more.

During his collegiate career Allen carried Temple to four NCAA Tournaments. He also holds the record for games started and rebounds in a single season at Temple.

4. Played in France for a season after being drafted by Philadelphia

Philadelphia was the team that took a chance on the talented forward/center. After getting selected 50th in the 2011 draft, Allen had to wait before he jumped onto an NBA court. Due to the lockout, Allen had to play in France for IG Strasbourg, until the labor dispute was over.

5. Wrote "Go Pacers" on the Cleveland Cavaliers' Quicken Loans Arena 

At first this seems like the ultimate sign of disrespect. Then you look at everyone else's scribble on the hardwood and it is less impressive.

Still not too many players have this as a headline during an NBA playoff game. Less than two months after this picture, he was out of job.