WASHINGTON — The Washington Wizards picked up the fourth-year option for small forward Otto Porter Jr. on Monday, according to Jorge Castillo of The Washington Post.
Porter, the third pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, had a breakthrough sophomore season after a disappointing rookie year in which he was hampered by injuries. The former Georgetown Hoya started 13 games last season and averaged six points and three rebounds in 19.4 minutes per game.
The option will pay Porter $7.7 million in 2016-17, based on the rookie wage scale. Porter will make $5.9 million this season, according to spotrac.com.
The 6-foot-9, 198-pound forward saw much more playing time in his second season than he did in his first, but he still found himself clamoring for minutes behind former NBA Finals MVP Paul Pierce. Pierce signed with the Los Angeles Clippers in the offseason, and though the Wizards drafted another small forward in Kelly Oubre, Porter is expected to get a substantial boost in playing time this season.
It remains to be seen what starting lineup coach Randy Wittman will enter the season with, but the general belief is that Porter will be the team’s starting small forward. He could also see time at power forward if the Wizards use a small-ball lineup as expected.
After Pierce called out Porter’s desire at the end of the regular season last year, Porter put together an impressive postseason in which he averaged 10.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.2 steals in 33.1 minutes per game.