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As Wizards decide on Otto Porter, a look at his timeline to earning a max contract in NBA free agency

As Wizards decide on Otto Porter, a look at his timeline to earning a max contract in NBA free agency

The clock is ticking on Otto Porter's time with the Wizards, who will have 48 hours to match a $106 million offer from the Brooklyn Nets or allow the small forward they drafted No. 3 overall in 2013 to walk for nothing.

Porter's time has been up and down in Washington, but he had a breakout 2016-17 season as he finshed among the league's best three-point shooters in a 49-win season.

His career started out rocky because of his right hamstring and hip. The latter was bothersome but Porter still managed to play a career-high 80 games.

July 14, 2013: Porter has three assists in the Wizards' second summer league game, their second loss in a row as they only put up 69 points.

July 16: Wizards beat the Denver Nuggets 97-69 in the third summer league game but Porter has to leave because he aggravated his hamstring.

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Mid-Sept: Porter strains his right hip flexor in a pickup game. Misses all of training camp.

Oct. 28: Porter goes to get an MRI on his right hip flexor strain before the regular season opens in Detroit. He's unable to play in the first 18 games. 

Dec. 6: Porter makes his NBA debut in a 109-105 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks. He played 14 minutes and missed all three shot attempts.

Dec. 13: Porter gets his first points and makes his first field goal in a 101-99 loss to the Atlanta Hawks.

March 3, 2014: In a 110-104 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies, Porter makes his first three-pointer. He finished 2-for-3 from long range.

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May 13: Made his only shot in a 102-79 blowout of the Indiana Pacers in Game 5 of the East semifinals for his first postseason points.

Oct. 29: In the season opener at the Miami Heat, a 107-95 loss, Porter had his first game in double-digit scoring. He shot 4-for-7 for 13 points.

Nov. 1: Broke the 20-point barrier for the first time in a 108-97 win over the Milwaukee Bucks, knocking down 7 of 11 shots  Porter finished with 21.

May 3, 2015: Recorded his first double-double (10 points, 11 rebounds) in Game 1 of the East semis vs. the No. 1 seed Atlanta Hawks in a 104-98 victory.

Oct. 28: Going into the season for the first time as the starter, Porter had seven points, eight rebounds, five assists and two steals in an 88-87 win at the Orlando Magic.

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Nov. 9, 2016: Set career highs of 34 points and 14 rebounds in a 118-93 blowout of the Boston Celtics.

Jan. 14, 2017: Left a home game vs. the Philadelphia 76ers because of his right hip. Porter said it was precautionary.

Jan. 31 Porter started limping and wasn't the same after he was trying to defend Carmelo Anthony in a game with the N.Y. Knicks. He played gingerly on it from that point on and logged only 29 minutes.

Feb. 10: Porter's hip issues returned in a game vs. the Indiana Pacers. It wasn't apparent but he only took seven shots and scored eight points. CSNmidatlantic.com pulled Porter aside and he said this: "It's just something you get used to. Time to time to time it bothers me a little bit. I try not to focus on it."

April 8: Sat out vs. the Miami Heat because of back spasms. 

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May 12: Went scoreless in 36 minutes of a 92-91 win vs. Boston in Game 6 of the East semis, missing all five of his shots.

July 2: Receives a $106 million offer sheet from the Kings as a restricted free agent.

July 4: Kings forced to pull offer because of no cap room; Nets extend same offer.

July 5: Wizards prepare to match the offer to retain Porter.

So the question is during the course of a four-year deal, will these hip issues continue and the area worsen or are they just a blip on the screen? 

That has to factor into any decisions, but the Wizards and Nets have a major need at his position and that'll end up trumping everything.

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Tomas Satoransky set to enter unpredictable free agent market for point guards

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Tomas Satoransky set to enter unpredictable free agent market for point guards

Of the Wizards' players set to hit free agency on June 30, one who has a good chance to return is point guard Tomas Satoransky. He and center Thomas Bryant are atop the team's priority list with Bobby Portis likely too expensive and Jabari Parker set to enter the market unrestricted.

Satoransky will be a restricted free agent, meaning the Wizards can match any offers made by other teams. And in talking to members of the Wizards' coaching staff and front office, they speak of Satoransky like he is part of their future.

Still, nothing can be assumed and especially in a year in which many teams have money to spend. As Kevin O'Connor of the Ringer noted this week, there is more cap room available this summer than the previous two combined. That could lead to 2016-level contracts where role players get paid like starters and average starters get paid like stars.

What will make Satoransky's market interesting, though, is the fact there are some much bigger names available at his position. At point guard, teams with the most money can go after All-Stars like Kemba Walker, Kyrie Irving and D'Angelo Russell. There is then a robust second tier that includes Malcolm Brogdon, Terry Rozier and Ricky Rubio. Then you have Derrick Rose, Elfrid Payton, Patrick Beverley, Darren Collison and Rajon Rondo.

It is a great year to be a free agent, but maybe not the best year to be a free agent point guard. The position class is absolutely loaded.

Satoransky, though, will still draw plenty of interest and among the teams expected to check in on him are the Mavericks, Pacers, Magic and Celtics, NBC Sports Washington has learned.

The Celtics have already been tied to Satoransky by Keith Smith of Yahoo Sports. But they also have their sights set on some of the bigger fish at point guard with rumors linking them to Walker, in particular.

The Utah Jazz were also set to pursue Satoransky, but their trade for Mike Conley Jr. has taken them off the list. The Phoenix Suns could also emerge as a suitor, though they are being linked to higher profile free agents at this point.

Both the Wizards and Satoransky expressed interest in a contract extension midway through the 2018-19 season, as NBC Sports Washington reported, but those talks didn't get much further. The Wizards ended up putting a lot of things on hold once they drifted out of the playoff race and ultimately fired team president Ernie Grunfeld.

With senior vice president Tommy Sheppard serving in the interim, though, Satoransky has a big proponent calling the shots in the Wizards front office. Sheppard scouted Satoransky before the Wizards drafted him and was key in convincing him to leave Europe for the NBA.

Satoransky likes playing in Washington and recognizes an opportunity at point guard with John Wall set to miss most of next season due to Achilles surgery. But he also recognizes this as a chance to earn the biggest payday of his career.

How much money Satoransky will ultimately receive is hard to predict. Those in his camp are apprehensive to throw numbers out there because even they aren't sure.

One potential comparison could be Raptors guard Fred VanVleet, who makes just over $9 million per year. Though VanVleet is arguably better, Satoransky is hitting the market with more money to go around. 

Many have tried to project Satoransky's market in the past few months. Soon we will find out just how valuable he is.


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Washington Wizards extend qualifying offers to Portis, Bryant and Satoransky, not Dekker

Washington Wizards extend qualifying offers to Portis, Bryant and Satoransky, not Dekker

The Wizards extended qualifying offers to three free agents on Wednesday: Thomas Bryant, Bobby Portis and Tomas Satoransky. Washington did now, however, extend a qualifying offer to Sam Dekker. 

The Washington Wizards reportedly extended a qualifying offer to Thomas Bryant after the center's breakout 2018-19 season, according to Fred Katz of The Athletic. 

After he was picked up by the Wizards off the waiver wires from the Lakers, Bryant worked his way into the Washington lineup by late November. 

With the Wizards he averaged 6.3 rebounds and 10.5 points while he shot a league-high 68.5% on two-pointers. Bryant also shot 33.3% in the three-point range and 46.6% from three-to-10 feet. 

But Bryant also made a big impact with his energy and enthusiasm while the Wizards struggled to compete, making him a favorite amongst his teammates and Washington fans alike. 

Back in April, Bryant expressed a serious interest in staying with the Wizards. For that article, click here.

Washington also extended offers to Bobby Portis anad Tomas Satoransky, as reported by Chase Hughes and Yahoo Sports' Keith Smith.

Last season with the Wizards, Portis shot 39.3% and averaged 14.2 points and 8.1 rebounds per game. Like Bryant, Portis also expressed that he enjoyed playing in Washington, but also said he wanted to make more money. For that article, click here

Satoransky averaged 8.9 points a game in the 2018-19 season, while he shot 39.5% in threes. 

While Washington made qualifying offers to three of its free agents, the Wizards declined a qualifying offer on forward Sam Dekker, as reported by Chase Hughes. 

Last season Dekker averaged 6.1 points per game, while he shot 47.1% in field goals.