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Otto Porter is not one to go into length with most of his answers to the media, no matter the subject. So, perhaps it's not surprising his thoughts on his upcoming offseason, one in which he will be a restricted free agent, were brief.

Porter met with the media on Tuesday, less than 24 hours after the Wizards' season ended in a Game 7 defeat against the Celtics. That loss, he said, was still his most pressing concern.

"I don't take losing easy. It's going to take me a while to process all of that," he said. "I'm still hanging my head over that right now. But I'm going to give it some time and some thought about what's going to happen this summer. I haven't really thought about it much."

Porter, 23, insists he didn't think about his contract often at all during the season, despite the fact he was playing out the last year of his rookie deal. This summer he is likely to receive a massive pay increase, whether it's from the Wizards or another team. Because he is a restricted free agent, the Wizards can match any offer made to him if they extend a qualifying offer, which they most certainly will do.

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There is also the chance Porter never sees hears from other teams at all. Last offseason, the Wizards were able to lock up guard Bradley Beal to a five-year, $127 million deal before others could even show interest.

 

"It's going to be a good summer for me," Porter admitted.

Porter could very well be with the Wizards for the 2017-18 season and beyond. After Game 7, he said "we'll be back," implying he will continue to build with John Wall, Beal and his other Wizards teammates.

Also working in the Wizards' favor is Porter's affinity for Washington, D.C. Porter grew up in Missouri, but went to college at Georgetown University. He was drafted by the Wizards third overall in 2013 and has lived in the area since he was 18 years old.

"I love D.C. I went to school here. I became a big part of what goes on around here. This is like home for me," he said. "It's been great for me. Having my coach [John Thompson III] still here. It's somewhere where I grew up, being in college in D.C. I love this city."

Porter, who is represented by David Falk, made $5.9 million in the 2016-17 season. In order to retain his rights as a restricted free agent, the Wizards will need to extend a qualifying offer of 125 percent of that number, or roughly $7.4 million.

Porter finished this season fourth in three-point percentage (43.4) and averaged a career-high 13.4 points per game.

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