Can Golden State re-sign Otto Porter Jr. this summer?

MEMPHIS — The Golden State Warriors‘ most consistent player this postseason might be a 28-year-old role player on a veteran-minimum contract.

Forward Otto Porter Jr.‘s versatile defense, timely shot-making and rebounding have made him especially valuable — the type of rotation player who typically helps the team win. Not to be the bearer of bad news, but Porter’s solid play might hurt the Warriors’ chances of re-signing him this summer.

Ahead of Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals Wednesday at FedEx Forum, I looked at Porter’s future and much, much more. Here is our latest Warriors mailbag:


@gobearzgo: What kind of contract do you think Otto Porter Jr. will earn in the offseason with his recent improved play?

I recently asked Keith Smith, a salary-cap expert for Spotrac, that same question. He said he expects someone to offer Porter a significant chunk of the taxpayer mid-level exception, likely between $5 million and $7 million.

If that happens, the Warriors probably won’t be able to match. They would love to bring back Porter on another minimum deal around $2.4 million, but they might have a tough time giving him most of the $10.3 million mid-level exception, in part because they need that to re-sign Gary Payton II.

Porter has been a great fit with the Warriors as a do-everything role player. But given the team’s salary-cap constraints, it probably needs to try to replace him with another player whose abilities outpace his market value.


@WilliamBabbel: Any chance Iggy plays? I’d love to see him celebrate on their floor.

There’s a chance Andre Iguodala returns at some point this postseason, but I wouldn’t bank on it. Draymond Green intimated recently that the team isn’t necessarily expecting to have Iguodala back.

It’s disappointing for the Warriors, given that they signed Iguodala largely for what he could bring in the playoffs. If he doesn’t return, he will have logged just 42 minutes this postseason and scored four points.

However, Mike Brown did go out of his way Monday to rave about how much Iguodala has helped from the sideline. He’s basically another assistant coach.


@alexsensei: What does Kuminga need to improve on to get more minutes?

Jonathan Kuminga has been as good during limited playing time this postseason as can be expected. But he is still a 19-year-old rookie who costly makes mistakes, which is why Brown played Kuminga for only five minutes in Game 4.

The Warriors are outscoring opponents by 24.8 more points this postseason per 100 possessions when Kuminga is on the bench than when he is on the floor, the worst difference of any Golden State player who has earned a meaningful amount of playing time. Far too often, he is out of a position defensively or making the wrong offensive read.

This is nothing too concerning. The Warriors’ decision-makers still view Kuminga as a franchise building block with perennial-All-Star potential, but he just isn’t quite ready for a big role on the playoff stage. That’s why you see someone like Damion Lee getting more minutes than Kuminga. Though not as flashy as Kuminga, Lee makes fewer mistakes.

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