The Dallas Mavericks are interested in trading for Washington Wizards forward Otto Porter Jr.
That is according to The Athletic's Michael Scotto, who also reports that the Wizards are likely to entertain several calls for both Porter and Bradley Beal.
Previously reported to be keen on a complete overhaul, it is now believed that Washington tried to avoid a full rebuild. Trading Kelly Oubre Jr. and Austin Rivers to the Phoenix Suns for Trevor Ariza was supposed to be their last attempt to get their season back on track, but they are now poised to finish the campaign without John Wall, having announced that the guard will undergo season-ending surgery on his heel this week.
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Per Scotto, league sources have informed that the Mavericks are looking to acquire Porter via trade.
"If the Mavericks want to make the playoffs in 2019, they’ll need more of a shot-blocking presence from Jordan, Nowitzki to find his rhythm as a reserve and continued production from Kleber and Powell," he writes.
"The Mavericks have expressed interest in trading for Wizards forward Otto Porter, league sources told The Athletic."
The player has one year left on his deal, after which he will be a free agent, so trading him now would probably be in Washington's best interest. The 25-year-old could command good trade value; his $27.2 million salary for next year, however, could complicate any potential deal.
What This Means
Porter is averaging 11.7 points and 5.6 rebounds this season - he is shooting 36.8 percent from three-point range. That is a significant drop from the 44.1 percent he shot last season but a change of environment could see his numbers head back up.
The drama surrounding the Wizards as of late hasn't been helpful either and switching teams would probably see to it that he becomes a greater contributor moving forward.