The Wizards (5-11) are open for business.
There are whispers that New Orleans is interested in Wizards forward Otto Porter Jr.
The Pelicans badly need an upgrade at small forward, and Porter – who has at least somewhat fallen out of favor in Washington – fits the bill. He’s an ideal role player – an excellent 3-point shooter and solid defensively when not overmatched defensively. He could become more assertive, but part of his value lies in his ability to blend. On a team with superstar Anthony Davis, complementary skills are important.
The catch: Porter is earning $26,011,913 this season then due $55,739,815 the next two years.
He’s overpaid, but he can still play. New Orleans, trying to impress Davis before offering him a super-max extension next summer, might view Porter as an acceptable risk. Especially if the Pelicans can unload overpaid Solomon Hill in a trade.
Washington could accept Hill and another player or two and even escape the luxury tax this season. The Wizards would surely want positive-value players and/or picks, too.
There seems to be a middle ground where a Porter trade appeals to both teams. The big question: Can Washington and New Orleans find it?