This isn’t complicated. The Spurs, as they so often do, prioritize guys who they know fit in their own scheme and culture, and still have something like $13 million left over in the tank now to go out and add a piece. It’s worth noting that Mills will turn 29 before the season, meaning his game will need to age at a reasonable pace for this to work out as well as it looks like it should. But on the whole, this was an easy choice for the Spurs.
What a difference a year makes for Snell. Before the season started, he was traded from Chicago to Milwaukee straight up for former NBA Rookie of the Year Michael Carter-Williams. Now, Carter-Williams is the one whose team didn’t even put out a qualifying offer, and Snell gets a deal that will pay him eight-figures annually. Honestly, I thought there was a good chance he would get more than this.
Otto Porter Jr. will not be wearing a different jersey next season.
According to the Washington Post, the Wizards have matched the Nets’ four-year, $106.5 million max contract offer sheet to retain the small forward’s services.
Porter averaged 13.1 points per game last season while also serving as a top wing defender. He is a great third option behind John Wall and Bradley Beal.
The Nets had hoped to snatch Porter as part of their rebuilding effort, but Washington was always expected to match the offer.
The Wizards, despite retaining Porter, are likely still at least one piece away from truly contending in the Eastern Conference.