With the Golden State Warriors facing some tough decisions about how to allocate their funds to a range of key freelancers, a divisional competitor might be ready to seize the opportunity to hunt a key member of the playoff round.
After winning their fourth title in the past eight seasons, the Warriors have publicly vowed to keep as many current teams as possible. But with some of their current free agents expected to demand higher wages after proving themselves last season, it will likely not be possible to keep them all.
Insiders have rated Otto Porter Jr as one of the players most likely to leave, with a new report suggesting that Pacific Division rivals the Los Angeles Clippers could put him in their sights. .
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Porter a Good Fit in LA
Athletic’s Murray has broken down a number of “under the radar” free agent picks for the Clippers, noting that Porter overcame his injury troubles to move into a full-time season for Golden State.
Murray wrote: “The signing of Porter is a great fit for the newly crowned champion Warriors. “Porter is a backup striker who is claimed for few fouls (8.2 points per game lowest in seven years, career low 15.0 utilization rate), but NBA Draft third pick 2013 from Georgetown produced effective distance (1.3 3s per game, 37.0 percent), strong recovery (5.7 per game) and aggressive defensively (1.1 steals) . “
Porter will most likely be an option for the Clippers if Nicolas Batum decides not to return next season, he added.
“But just in case things fall apart somewhere, or in the event that there is a transaction involving Marcus Morris Sr., Porter could be a backup option and would certainly suit the Clippers in both. top of the floor,” he noted.
Porter wants to return to the golden state
Porter has made his preferences clear, saying he wants to return to the Warriors and help the team defend its NBA title.
“I know that this team can compete again for another championship and it would be a great opportunity if I could stay here,” Porter said. “It’s great to be here again with that group of boys and do it all over again.”
But re-signing Porter may not be the highest priority for the Warriors, largely because he is expected to earn a much higher deal than the one-year, $2.39 million deal. dollars that the Warriors signed him with last summer. A Western Conference executive told Heavy.com’s Sean Deveney that a contract extension with breakout defender Jordan Poole is a priority for the team and that after that, the focus will be on re-signing with him. defensive-minded defender Gary Payton II.
After proving that his injury problems are in the past and have become a key part of the rotation in the regular season and knockouts, Porter could also be in high demand once he is free. . He has been considered a potential target for several other teams, including the Dallas Mavericks and Brooklyn Nets.
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