Eleven months ago, Otto Porter Jr. entered free agency as something of a wild card. Every executive in the NBA knew what he could do when healthy, but nobody could count on him being healthy. Due to foot and back injuries, he’d played 28 games in the 2020-21 season, and only half that number in the previous one. If you have already forgotten that he was ever a member of the Orlando Magic, it’s because, after they acquired him about 15 months ago, he only appeared in three games for them.
Porter signed with the Golden State Warriors last summer hoping to get his career back on track. It was a minimum contract, and it was the best decision he could have possibly made. He played in 63 regular-season games, traded almost all of his long 2s for 3s and won a championship, starting the last three games of the NBA Finals. Porter gave the Warriors some defensive versatility and some shooting in the frontcourt. He was a perfect fit in their movement-oriented offense. It worked out so well that he’s not coming back.
The 29-year-old forward agreed to a two-year contract with the Toronto Raptors on Friday, according to Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes. He’ll reportedly have a player option on the second season. The salary has yet to be reported, but, according to Sportsnet’s Michael Grange, Toronto will use some of its $10.5 million non-taxpayer midlevel exception.
For the Raptors, Porter is an ideal addition. He gives them more of the length, size and switchability that they have up and down the roster, plus the shooting that they desperately need. From 2020-21 to 2021-22, Toronto dropped from fifth to 22nd in 3-point frequency, per Cleaning The Glass, and its accuracy went from average (36.8 percent) to poor (34.9 percent). More specifically, the Raptors had the…