The Nets reportedly had the opportunity to meet on Monday with Wizards restricted free agent forward Otto Porter Jr and his agent David Falk. Such a meeting would have been pointless unless the Nets are committed to matching the four-year maximum offer worth $106.5 million that Porter received from the Kings on Sunday.
CBS Sports first reported the meeting between the Nets and Porter. Messages left by Newsday for Nets general manager Sean Marks and for Falk were not returned.
Newsday previously quoted an NBA source, who insisted the Wizards are determined to match a max offer to Porter. Such an offer would include a first-year salary of $24.75 million that would put the Wizards slightly over the luxury tax limit, which is something owner Ted Leonsis never has paid. But if the Wizards match the offers to Porter, it would represent a savings on what they could pay with a five-year max offer, more than offsetting luxury tax charges.
It is believed Porter might meet with a third team before deciding which offer sheet to accept. The Hawks have enough cap space to offer Porter the max.
The Nets also are believed to be interested in Pistons wing Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, who also is a restricted free agent. Clearly, the Nets prioritized Porter over Caldwell-Pope, who is a more inconsistent three-point shooter. If the Nets offer him the max, the Pistons would be unable to match it without moving salary, but several experts suggested the Nets won’t go that high.
If Porter rejects them, the question facing Marks is whether to chase Caldwell-Pope or if the Nets are better off using their $30 million in cap space to take on bad contracts and acquire young players and draft picks.
Notes & quotes: The Nets on Monday announced their roster for the Las Vegas Summer League, which begins Friday. It includes vets Spencer Dinwiddie, Archie Goodwin, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Caris LeVert and Isaiah Whitehead. First-round pick Jarrett Allen has a right hip injury and is not expected to play. Prince Ibeh, who is on the Long Island Nets, and former Rutgers forward J.J. Moore are included on the roster.