The Washington Wizards officially announced they have picked up the options of guard Bradley Beal and forward Otto Porter
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On Tuesday, Washington Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld announced that the Wizards have exercised the fourth-year contract option on Bradley Beal and the third-year contract option on Otto Porter.
“Bradley and Otto are both big pieces of the core group of players that we will build around as we continue to improve our team,” said Grunfeld via a press release. “We look forward to them playing significant roles in our success both now and in the future.”
The Wizards have been building throughout the draft and have invested high picks in both players. Bradley Beal was the third-overall pick in the 2012 draft while Otto Porter went third-overall in the 2013 draft. The Wizards believe that Bradley Beal and John Wall can combine to former one of the best back courts in the NBA (and there has been a lot of trash talk between the Wizards and Cleveland Cavaliers on that front).
Of course, picking up these options is an absolute no-brainer. The Wizards are also looking at an extension for Bradley Beal, which he will soon be eligible for. Although he has broken his left wrist and will be out 6-8 week, nothing has changed regarding his future with the club.
In Otto Porter’s case, the Wizards are banking on him showing great improvement after he couldn’t get on the court during his rookie season.
Bradley Beal put up 17.1 points, 3.7 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.0 steals per game while shooting 41.9% from the field, 40.2% from beyond the arc and 78.8% from the free throw line last season. Otto Porter averaged just 2.1 points and 1.5 rebounds in 8.6 minutes per game. He appeared in 37 games, shooting 36.3% from the field, 19.0% from beyond the arc and 66.7% from the free throw line.
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