The Golden State Warriors have lost quite a bit of supporting talent so far this offseason.
There was some hope the front office would be able to secure Otto Porter Jr. heading into 2022-23, but they didn’t.
Instead Porter Jr. is heading to the Toronto Raptors on a two-year, $12.4 million contract.
This week he spoke to Eric Koreen of The Athletic and revealed what went into his decision to pick Toronto over other offers.
Porter says he has a few offers, but Toronto was “definitely a place I wanted to go to.” Combo of team and it being his wife’s home were huge for him.
— (((Eric Koreen))) (@ekoreen) July 6, 2022
It’s certainly hard to fault Porter Jr. for his rationale, but there is a pattern starting to emerge. Juan Toscano-Anderson and his girl are off running wild in L.A. now. Andrew Wiggins is likely heading elsewhere. The Golden State roster will look very different in 2022-23 than it did last year.
Normally, winning a chip leads to teams running it back. Clearly the Warriors are operating under a different philosophy, though.
Stephen Curry recently endorsed Kevin Durant returning to the franchise. If that happens, then obviously everyone will forget about a handful of lost role players. But if it doesn’t, and if the Warriors continue to bleed supporting talent with no notable pick-ups, they definitely won’t be the title favorites moving forward.
As for Porter Jr., it’s nice to see him get paid. This is a dude that once went viral for throwing a controversial mega-party. Clearly he has grown up since then.
— Game 7 (@game7__) July 6, 2022
You love to see it.
What does the future ultimately hold for all parties involved?
Time will tell.