It's March, and first-round pick Otto Porter continues to languish deep on the bench. He didn't play in the triple overtime thriller against the Raptors on Thursday, and he only got in Saturday once the game against the 76ers got out of hand. With the Wizards fighting for playoff seeding, he probably won't play much at all the rest of the year unless there's an injury.
That's led many to wonder whether he should be sent down to the NBA Developmental League like fellow rookie Glen Rice Jr. to get playing time. When asked about that, Randy Wittman left the door slightly open. Via Michael Lee of the Washington Post:
"We have to be a little careful with all the new guys we're bringing back but I think down the down the road we could look at that," Wittman said, while added that it was also important to keep Porter with the team, "in case, something...You got to cover your back."
The Wizards, as has been discussed often here, are affiliated with the Iowa Energy, along with Chicago, Denver, New Orleans and Minnesota. Fourteen teams have their own affiliate, leaving three D-League teams for the other 17.
The question, of course, is when. There's only a month left in the D-League season before the playoffs happen, so it's not like there's a whole lot of time left to send Porter down. If this is something the Wizards actually want to do, why wait?