Report: Pelicans interested in Wizards’ Otto Porter

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Otto Porter
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The New Orleans Pelicans are reportedly interested in trading for Washington Wizards small forward Otto Porter, according to Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer. 

Porter’s name has been linked to multiple trade rumors in the NBA, there has been little traction on any deal involving him, according to Candace Buckner of The Washington Post:

While Otto Porter Jr.’s name has been attached to multiple rumors, there has been little traction on any deal involving him, according to several people with knowledge of the situation. The doubt surrounding the availability of Porter, who re-signed with Washington in 2016 for a maximum contract, casts more uncertainty on the Wizards’ openness to even discuss John Wall or Bradley Beal.

Otto Porter signed a four-year, $106.5 million extension with the Wizards in the summer of 2017. The 25-year-old is averaging 10.6 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.8 assists on the season while shooting 46.3 percent from the field, 36.4 percent from beyond the arc and 76.5 percent from the free-throw line.

The Wizards are 5-11 entering Monday and are riddled with dysfunction right now. A fire sale could happen in Washington, or the front office will try and ride this thing out and hope the team gets it together.

Otto Porter is a good 3-and-D guy. He can stretch the floor well, as he shoots 40.2 percent from the 3-point line for his career. It’s assumed that the Wizards’ asking price for Porter is too high.

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