NBA: Brooklyn Nets' Jeremy Lin Unlikely to Team up With This Talented Wing Player
The Brooklyn Nets prioritize Jeremy Lin that is why they want to give him a competitive supporting cast. One of the problems preventing them from doing this is their lack of a quality wing player. A few guys that may be the answer to this dilemma were linked to Brooklyn earlier this offseason, but one of them might no longer be in consideration.
Washington Wizards forward Otto Porter, Jr. is the name the Nets may want to remove from the list of potential targets. According to The Washington Post, the Wizards tendered a qualifying offer ($7 million) to Porter. The move officially made him a restricted free agent, which means the Wizards can match any offer sheet he signs this offseason.
Trying to land a restricted free agent is tough and tedious. That is why Brooklyn should consider staying away from Porter. Instead of spending time attempting to acquire him, the Nets must focus on wing players they have a real chance of adding.
If Brooklyn still pursues Porter, it is understandable. The 24-year-old is coming off his best season yet. In Washington's previous campaign, he averaged 13.4 points, 6.4 rebounds, 1.5 assists, and 1.5 steals per contest. His scoring, rebounding, and steals numbers are career-highs.
In the 2017 NBA Playoffs, Porter's offensive production dipped a little. But still, he remained efficient and made up for it by improving his numbers in other departments.
As of this moment, it is uncertain if the Nets are still seeking for a wing player who is going to team up with Lin. They recently completed a trade with the Los Angeles Lakers for D'Angelo Russell. The former Ohio State Buckeye is known as a point guard but has the size to play at the shooting guard position or even small forward.
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