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In a season filled with struggles on the court and drama off it, the Washington Wizards continue to make headlines despite having a 14-23 record. Initially reported by Michael Scotto of The Athletic on Tuesday, the Dallas Mavericks have expressed interest in trading for current Wizards wing Otto Porter. This is amid speculation that Washington’s front office would also listen to offers for guard Bradley Beal.
With star PG John Wall out for the remainder of the season due to a heel/Achilles injury, team president/GM Ernie Grunfeld may be trying to hit the reset button on part of his roster. Under contract through 2019-20 with a player option for the following campaign, Porter hasn’t quite lived up to the value of his deal ($26 million in 2018).
The former Georgetown Hoya has regressed in his sixth season after serving as one of the more efficient players in the league a year ago. One of just three qualified players to meet the criteria of at least 14 points and 6 boards a game while shooting 50% from the field and 40% from deep in 2017-18, many thought Porter would break out this season. Those numbers have dropped to 11.7, 5.6, 48.7% and 36.8%, respectively, through 25 games.
Missing the last 10 games with a quadriceps strain, Porter is set to return to action on Wednesday against the Atlanta Hawks. While it remains to be seen how effective Porter can make himself after returning from an injury, it’s now known that each performance could serve as an audition for a new team.
On the receiving end of this rumor, Dallas is currently the 12th seed in the Western Conference but sits just two games below .500 through 36 contests. It isn’t known what Washington would request from the Mavericks in return for Porter, but forward Wesley Matthews has both a relatively hefty salary ($18 million) and stats somewhat comparable to Porter (14 PPG, 39% 3P) this season.
Stay tuned for updates as/if needed.