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VIDEO: Otto Porter hits buzzer-beater after shot clock malfunction

VIDEO: Otto Porter hits buzzer-beater after shot clock malfunction

Wizards sharpshooter Otto Porter was so hot in the first quarter on Thursday night against the Pacers that even a malfunction of the shot clock in Indiana couldn't throw him off.

The Wizards inbounded the ball with 6.7 seconds left in the first quarter and the shot clock read as 4.6 seconds because it didn't reset when the Pacers' shot went in on the previous possession. Becuase of that, the buzzer rang while Porter was shooting and with just over a second left.

Porter was not fazed and followed through on his shot. It banked in and, as play-by-play announcer Steve Buckhantz immediately called, it ultimately counted.

Watch the whole sequence right here:

That was Porter's fifth three in the first quarter alone. His career-high is six.

Porter later made this ridiculous circus shot in the second quarter:

The guy just couldn't miss on Thursday night.

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Sounds like Lonzo Ball is more interested in the Sixers than the Celtics at No. 1

Sounds like Lonzo Ball is more interested in the Sixers than the Celtics at No. 1

This week it was revealed that Lonzo Ball, one of the top prospects in the 2017 NBA Draft, has rejected an offer to work out for the Boston Celtics, who own the No. 1 overall pick. That further established the fact he wants to play for his hometown Lakers.

Ball may, however, be at least somewhat interested in another team. According to a report by ESPN, Ball is mulling a workout offer by Philly.

Here is what Chris Haynes wrote:

"A final decision will be made once Ball's agent, Harrison Gaines, and Sixers general manager Bryan Colangelo have had an extensive conversation centered on the identity of the team, sources told ESPN."

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It's understandable why Ball, 19, would be interested in playing for the Sixers who finally appear to have some hope for their future with Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons and Dario Saric on their roster. But who in their right mind would rather play for the Sixers right now than the Celtics?

Boston was just in the conference finals. They represent a chance to win now and clearly their front office knows what they are doing. The same can't be said for the Lakers or Sixers until they actually win something.

Whether it's his dad pulling the strings on this or not, it seems like a curious decision by Ball to turn down the good team and then show interest in the bad ones.

(Via ProBasketballTalk)

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Best unrestricted free-agent forwards to help Wizards back up Markieff Morris

Best unrestricted free-agent forwards to help Wizards back up Markieff Morris

The Wizards are deep when it comes to forwards, with various players who have specific skill sets but missing others, and with so many moving parts, going into free agency it is difficult figuring out their needs.

So let's assume Markieff Morris remains as the starting power forward with Jason Smith remaining a backup and Otto Porter is retained as a restricted free agent with Kelly Oubre and Bojan Bogdanovic (restricted) as his backups.

Morris and Smith are capable three-point shooting bigs but neither is Kevin Love. Porter could get better and solidify his spot but needs to get stronger. Oubre is hot and cold and still hasn't developed a consistent long ball or right hand off the dribble. Bogdanovic cost the Wizards a No. 22 pick in the first round for this upcoming draft and is a solid three-point shooter with defensive liabilities.

What could the Wizards use at the three-spot? Nothing if Porter and Oubre make offseason progress. There can never been too much three-point shooting. A multi-dimensional forward who can play the power spot down low, defend and/or rebound would be good but that depends on what happens with the center position. 

The Wizards don't have a lot of cap room so whoever they bring in has to be relatively affordable and willing to accept a backup role. If they require starters' minutes or money, they're not viable option unless a major move happens via trade.  

5. Zach Randolph (Grizzlies): He made $10 million and mostly came off the bench for the first time in his career,  He still averaged 14.1 points and 8.2 rebounds in less than 25 minutes per game. Randolph will be 36 this summer but can still get it done. Unable to get past the conference finals in the West, he can find a smoother path in the East. Salary will be the biggest hangup.

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4. Jonas Jerebko (Celtics): Only 3.8 points on a team loaded with role players/shooters but Jerebko has good size at 6-10 and shoots in the mid-30s from three-point range. Not great but respectable. Jerebko made $5 million so his salary range is in the wheelhouse. 

3. Donatas Motiejuans (Pelicans): Hasn't regained his footing since a botched trade from Houston to Detroit a year ago over medical concerns and has played just 71 games in the last two years. Motiejunas is 7 feet and can face up but he shoots less than 30% from three for his career. In his best NBA season 2014-15, he averaged 12 points and shot a career-high 37% from deep. He made $3.9 million and isn't going to command a big number in the open maket so he's in range. He'll be 27 next season so he's young, has size and can develop into a better shooter from three like Smith this year. But is the health worth the risk?

2. Patrick Patterson (Raptors): John Wall's teammate at Kentucky, Patterson averages 6.8 points, 4.5 rebounds and shot 37.2% from three. He's a finesse big and career role player off the bench who made $6 million. If Morris is the starter, a player with Patterson's ability is a good complement.

1. James Johnson (Heat): Had his best NBA season with 12.8 points, 4.9 rebounds and 3.6 assists off the bench. Can handle the ball, run offense, defend his postion and shoot strong enough from three to play multiple spots on the floor that includes the five in a small lineup. Johnson is 30 and considered a small forward at 6-9. Was a matchup nightmare for the Wizards and made just $4 million. He might want to cash in to the highest bidder as he's unrestricted at the perfect time.

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