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Wizards pick up fourth-year option on Otto Porter's rookie contract

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This would have been a controversial move nine months ago.

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The Wizards have picked up Otto Porter's fourth year option, per Jorge Castillo at the Washington Post. This is surprising to no one, given Porter's fantastic playoff performance, his general rising profile in the NBA, and the fact that rookie deals are generally the best bargains in the NBA.

By picking up Porter's fourth-year option, they will pay him $5,893,981 for the 2016-17 season, according to HoopsHype. Next summer, they can begin discussing a long-term extension with Porter if they wish, or let him enter restricted free agency in the summer of 2017. In other words, everything Bradley Beal is dealing with this season, Porter will face next season, just without the looming spectre of Kevin Durant complicating salary cap projections.

Porter's rapid ascent is fairly remarkable, given that he struggled to crack the rotation for much of last year. Now, rather than arguing about whether or not Otto Porter has a future with the Wizards, we're all just wondering how well he'll be able to play power forward.