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Wizards' Otto Porter vague about his free agency future with playoff loss still fresh

Wizards' Otto Porter vague about his free agency future with playoff loss still fresh

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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With another low shot total for Otto Porter, Coach Brooks says Porter needs to do more to help himself

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With another low shot total for Otto Porter, Coach Brooks says Porter needs to do more to help himself

After a night in which Otto Porter Jr. only took nine total shots, just two of them in the second half, many questions from Wizards reporters in the postgame locker room centered on how the team can get him more involved. This came on the heels of a seven-shot, zero-three outing for Porter against the Heat on Thursday and a preseason in which getting him more attempts was a persistent storyline.

It sounds like some are tired of talking about it. Point guard John Wall, who is part of the equation as the team's main distributor and highest usage player, put it in relatively strong terms.

"This will be the last time I talk about Otto Porter getting threes," Wall said. 

Wall went on to explain how it's a combination of defenses taking away the three-point line for Porter and the flow of the game creating better shots for others. It's a common explanation Wall has given on the matter in recent weeks, and it's understandable.

Head coach Scott Brooks has admitted his own role in Porter not getting enough shots, how more plays could be called for the small forward. But after the loss to Toronto, one in which Porter played just south of 25 minutes, he was a bit more blunt in his assessment.

Brooks believes Porter can be doing a lot more to help himself.

"Gotta get yourself open," Brooks said. 

When asked about Porter playing fewer minutes than usual, Brooks went on about the need for guys to play hard. That warranted a follow-up, as it seemed Brooks was questioning Porter's hustle.

Brooks explained what he meant by that in detail.

"You've got to move. You've got to set yourself up. You've got to run the floor. We got a fast point guard. I don’t know if you guys know that but he’s fast and if our wings aren’t running, what good is it when you’re going to have a one-man break? What makes teams play with pace is guys running." 

"I love Otto. You guys know that. But he has to play faster. He has to. Physically, he’s not going to jump over anybody and dunk over everybody, but he has to get himself into position. He’s a big-time player for us. He’s a glue guy. He makes winning basketball plays. He gets in plays but he has to do that consistently for us. He can’t do it for a half. He has to do it for the entire game. The guy can do it. I’ve seen it. He didn’t do it tonight but he’s going to bounce back. He didn’t do it the first two games but he’s going to bounce back and do it. And we need it.”

Porter, 25, was the Wizards' most efficient player last season, but averaged only 11.5 shots per game. With one of the best three-point shots in the NBA, the numbers suggest he should have a larger role.

The Wizards insist they are trying to get him more involved. In their eyes, it's time for Porter to do his part.

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Bradley Beal honored to pass Gilbert Arenas on all-time three-pointer list

Bradley Beal honored to pass Gilbert Arenas on all-time three-pointer list

Saturday night produced a link between some of the best players in recent Wizards/Bullets franchise history.

With a fourth-quarter three, Bradley Beal surpassed Gilbert Arenas on the franchise list for career triples

Beal, an All-Star last season, has already established himself as one of the best to play for Washington in decades. Afterwards, he paid homage to the man whose record he broke.

"I was always a fan of Gil. He was Agent Zero," Beal told NBC Sports Washington. 

"I loved everything about him; his confidence, his swagger on the floor. Granted, everyone talks about his off-the-court stuff, but what he did on the court is just untouchable. It's untouchable. He's a legend, for sure. Part of me wishes I could have played with him and just learned from him in a lot of ways. That's an accomplishment for me. I'm happy I was able to surpass it because he is a legend, in my opinion anyway."

Arenas' tenure with the Wizards was epic for its highs and lows. At his peak, he was arguably the most dangerous scorer in the NBA. But his downfall both on the court and off has left him as a notorious figure in the game's recent history.

John Wall, who has assisted on many of Beal's three-pointers, played with Arenas back in the 2010-11 season as a rookie. He is happy for his current teammate, who now has a distinct place in the team's history books.

"He's probably the best shooter I've ever played with in my eyes, so it's great to see him accomplish that," Wall said. "He's going to keep setting the bar higher and higher."

Beal passed Arenas in just the second game of his seventh NBA season. He's only 25 years old, so odds are he will keep adding to his franchise record for many years to come.