The Washington Wizards plan to work out Georgetown sophomore Otto Porter Jr. on June 14 at Verizon Center, agent David Falk confirmed Thursday. Falk said that the specifics of the workout are still being hashed out but added that Porter “probably will not be by himself” and “in some format where he can show his versatility.”
Porter is expected to be among the first five players taken in the upcoming NBA draft, but Falk said that his client will only work out for the top three teams – Cleveland, Orlando and Washington.The Cavaliers are considering taking Porter first overall, according to a person with knowledge of Cleveland’s thinking who asked not to be identified.
The Wizards have the third overall pick for the second year in a row and are also considering UNLV forward Anthony Bennett, Indiana’s Victor Oladipo, Kansas guard Ben McLemore and Kentucky center Nerlens Noel. Georgetown Coach John Thompson III told ESPN 980 last week that Porter is “by far” the best player in the draft and would be “a very good fit for the Wizards.”
Since Michael Jordan was dismissed from Washington after his playing days ended in 2003, Falk has only had one client play for the Wizards – and Mike Bibby was only around for two days in 2011 before he gave back $6.2 million in a buyout deal to become a free agent.
Falk said on Wednesday that he wouldn’t have a problem with Porter playing in Washington despite making some disparaging comments about John Wall and the organization last season. He added that he will “always regret” that those comments became public, issued a public apology and has since cleared the air with Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld.
“I’d love to have guys in Washington,” said Falk, a Wizards season ticket holder.
Porter averaged 16.2 points and 7.5 rebounds per game last season and became Georgetown’s first consensus first-team all-American since Allen Iverson. He sounded excited about the possibility of playing in Washington when asked three weeks ago during the NBA combine in Chicago.
“To play with John Wall and Brad Beal. It’s close to home, it’s DC. The fan base is there already, not that far at Georgetown and that connection is there with the Wizards,” Porter said. “To play where I played at, being at Georgetown at the Washington Wizards facility, I kind of have an advantage.”
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