he has no incentive to give the Wizards a hometown discount.

It won’t be a stretch to see Porter receive a payout of about four years and more than $100 million this summer. There will be another spike in the salary cap, and there will be teams eager to fill their salary space with a versatile 24-year-old who has improved in each of his four NBA seasons — Porter averaged 13.4 points and 6.4 rebounds per game, shooting career-highs from the field (51.6 percent), the 3-point line (43.4 percent) and the foul line (83.2 percent).

Because Porter is a restricted free agent this summer, other teams can make offers for him, but the Wizards have the right to match any deal. Ideally, the Wizards and Porter will work something out quickly, something that keeps his annual salary more in line with that of his teammates (Beal is set to earn $23.7 million next year, and Wall will make $18 million).

But, though Porter went to college at Georgetown and is comfortable in Washington, he has no incentive to give the Wizards a hometown discount.

“If his situation goes past the first couple of days of free agency,” one general manager told Sporting News, “it will cost them because some of these teams that have space and miss out on the players they have in mind to start with are going to move quickly to the restricted (free agents). And Otto Porter is going to be at the top of that list, even at $100 million.”

The Sun-Times also reported Irving would be willing to Cheap Jerseys Ireland leave the only team he’s ever played for next summer if James doesn’t re-sign, adding he’s already been communicating with Cheap Jerseys In UK other players about a potential landing spot. Chicago, given Butler remains with the team, is on his short list of possible destinations. Irving signed a five-year, 90-million extension in 2014, but could opt out of that deal at the end of next season.

Wizards’ contract conundrum with Otto Porter speaks to larger NBA issue

Otto Porter was sitting on a stanchion by the sideline at TD Garden in Boston a little more than a month ago, reflecting on the kind of year it had been, easily the best of his career.

“I put in a lot of work, I just wanted to get better and better at Cheap Jerseys In Toronto the things I could do to help this team win,” he said. “I think the shooting the ball, seeing it go in the net has been a help. I worked on my mechanics a lot, making sure my body is squared up to the goal, making sure my release is good each time. It is something I have focused on.”

It worked, and his timing was impeccable. Porter is a restricted free agent this summer, which means he will be eligible for a major pay increase, from the $5.9 million he made this year to something in the range of $25 million per season. He is the third option on the floor, but in the Wizards’ books, he would be at the top of the food chain, ahead of All-Stars Bradley Beal and John Wall.

That is a problem for the NBA, a league whose payrolls are getting increasingly top-heavy. Porter and the Wizards are a prime example.

Indianapolis’ rivals all worked to improve in 2017, but the division still projects to be far less competitive than its peers. The Texans gave up a second-round pick just to jettison their starting quarterback. They’ll rely on either rookie Deshaun Watson or backup Tom Savage Cheap Jerseys Ireland in their quest to defend the South title, though they still have one of the best defenses in the league (sorry, Hankins). The Jacksonville Jaguars played better than their 3-13 record last season and will be better with Doug Marrone on the sideline than they were with Gus Bradley, but still have major strides to make before the playoffs are a reasonable option.