While Otto Porter said on Tuesday he hadn't thought much at all about free agency or his priorities for his next contract, his Wizards teammate Bojan Bogdanovic has nailed down some specifics. Like Porter, Bogdanovic is a restricted free agent, meaning the Wizards can retain his rights. If they don't, Bogdanovic knows exactly what he will be looking for on the open market.
"I want to try to find a team where I can play heavy minutes," he said. "I hope that I will play here maybe, but we will see. It's a long summer in front of us before free agency. We'll see."
If the Wizards re-sign Porter, who could command a large contract as an improving young player and former third overall pick, the Wizards may not have a lot of minutes to go around for Bogdanovic, much less money to spend. Washington made it work with three small forwards in Porter, Bogdanovic and Kelly Oubre, Jr. in the 2016-17 season, but Oubre's role will likely increase next season.
Bogdanovic thinks the Wizards could still be a fit in that regard.
"There is enough minutes for sure in the playoffs and especially during the regular season. I think there is space and plenty of minutes for three guys," he said.
Another goal of Bogdanovic's this summer is to either stay with point guard John Wall or find somebody like him. Bogdanovic shot 44.1 percent from the field and 36.6 percent from three in three years with the Brooklyn Nets before the Wizards traded for him at the deadline in February. With the Wizards, he shot 45.7 percent from the field and 39.1 percent from three.
Wall, who is an elite passer and often found Bogdanovic trailing on the fastbreak, is a big reason for that.
"I had a great chance, a lot of minutes with John," Bogdanovic, who averaged 12.7 points for the Wizards, said. "I hope if I don't stay here I can go somewhere with that kind of player."
Bogdanovic saw his shooting percentages fall to 41.4 percent from the field and 35.6 percent from three in the playoffs. He dealt with inconsistent minutes and he battled the flu during the Wizards' second round series vs. Boston. He was also limited by the Celtics' defense: "there weren't any open threes."
But Bogdanovic could still fit into the Wizards future plans, depending on what they decide to to with Porter. For now, Bogdanovic will prepare for the 2017 European Championship where he will play this summer with Croatia.