The Washington Wizards have exercised their 2016-17 team option for Otto Porter according to RealGM. Porter will be in his final year of his rookie contract next season and will make $5.89 million. While no official announcement has been made, it appears the former No.3 selection will remain in Washington for two more years, at least — the Wizards had until November 2 to pick up the option.
Porter made strides in year two after struggling during most of his rookie campaign. The 6-foot-8 small forward averaged 6.0 points and 3.4 rebounds while shooting 45 percent from the floor and 33.7 percent from beyond the arc a season ago. However, the Georgetown product picked up his game during the playoffs, posting an average of 10.0 points and 8.0 rebounds in 10 contests.
Porter is expected to earn the Wiz’s starting small forward spot but he could also see time as a stretch-4 if the team decides to go small. Veteran newcomer Jared Dudley along with Alan Anderson and rookie Kelly Oubre are also viable candidates to start at small forward.
Other news for October 1:
- Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol will try to convince his brother, Pau, to join him in Memphis next year. Pau Gasol has a player option for the 2016-17 season.
- ESPN Stephen A. Smith is reporting that Kevin Durant would prefer to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers next year, if he leaves the Oklahoma City Thunder as a free agent. Dallas and Washington may also be viable alternatives for Durant.
- Derrick Rose took an inadvertant elbow to the face during the first day of practice for the Chicago Bulls and had successful surgery to repair a left orbital fracture. He is expected to miss just two weeks of action.
- Marcus R. Fuller of the Pioneer Press is reporting that the Minnesota Timberwolves will consider sending rookie point guard Tyus Jones to the NBA D-League this season in order to give to get him more playing time. The Timberwolves do not have their own D-League franchise.
- Danilo Gallinari, who signed a contract extension with the Denver Nuggets this offseason, told Christopher Dempsey of the Denver Post that he wants to conclude his career with the Nuggets.
“I was just glad to stay in Denver,” Gallinari said. “That was my goal. If you see my history with contracts, it’s never been about money because if it was about money I would have made other choices. But I love Denver and I want to stay here as long as I can. I would like to finish my career here. I was glad we were able to sign this contract.”
- The Nuggets officially signed veteran Mike Miller on Wednesday. Miller, who was traded from the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Portland Trail Blazers earlier this summer, was released by the Blazers on Monday. Miller averaged 2.1 points and 1.8 rebounds in 52 games for the Cavs last year.
- While Milwaukee Bucks second-year pro Jabari Parker has been medically cleared to participate in training camp activities, the team will limit how much he does, per Matt Velazquez of The Journal Sentinel.
- “I go within the hours, and whatever I’m able to complete, then you’ll be able to analyze that, but I can’t predict anything,” Parker said about the team’s precautions with him. “I’m just going to give everything I have for the amount of time and opportunity that I get.”
- Italian coach Andrea Mazzon is joining the Delaware 87ers, Philadelphia 76ers D-League franchise, in an unspecified but reportedly important role.
- After months of anger, Markief Morris and the Phoenix Suns recently engaged in a lengthy conversation and expressed a mutual desire to make their partnership work according to Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders.
- Cleveland Cavaliers swingman Iman Shumpert will miss 12-14 weeks with a wrist injury.
- Former Miami Heat forward Michael Beasley has signed with has signed a contract with Shandong of the Chinese Basketball Association for $600,000 this season. Beasley played for Shanghai Dongfang last season before signing a pair of ten-day contracts with the Miami Heat.
- Portland exercised their rookie scale team option for the 2016/17 season for C.J. McCollum, Mason Plumlee and Noah Vonleh.
- Cleveland Cavaliers restricted free agent Tristan Thompson is not in camp as he still hasn’t signed his tender offer.