Bobby Portis could have multiple options this summer.
The Lakers, Knicks, Clippers, Jazz, Bucks and Magic are all expected to be interested in signing Portis, according to a report from NBC Sports Washington, which cites unidentified league sources.
The Wizards will extend Portis a qualifying offer, which would make him a restricted free agent. They’ll then have the option to match any contract he signs with another team.
The 24-year-old forward began the season with the Bulls before he was sent to Washington at the trade deadline.
“I just came in, being myself, and they welcomed me with open arms,” Portis told USA Today’s HoopsHype in late February. “My teammates and coaches have all told me to be who I am, be vocal, be aggressive on the offensive end… Basically, be Bobby Portis. I think those few words really helped me as I get acclimated to my team quickly.”
— NBA (@NBA) February 9, 2019
In total, Portis averaged 14.3 points and 8.6 rebounds in 28 games with the Wizards.
“This is my first time going through this and changing teams,” Portis said in February. “Hopefully I don’t go through it again for a while. But I am really happy to be in a place where they love who I am, as a person and as a player, and where they’re very welcoming. I’m just happy to be a Wizard.”
The Lakers completed one of the biggest trades in NBA history last weekend when they acquired Anthony Davis from the Pelicans in exchange for Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball and three first-round picks, including the No. 4 selection in 2019. Los Angeles is now reportedly looking to clear more cap space with the hopes of landing a third star to pair with Davis and LeBron James.
The Knicks, meanwhile, will also pursue top free agents this summer, including Kawhi Leonard, Kyrie Irving, Kemba Walker and Kevin Durant, who ruptured his Achilles in Game 5 of the NBA Finals.
The Clippers are the “front-runners” to land Leonard, according to multiple reports, while the Jazz have been linked to a potential trade for Grizzlies guard Mike Conley Jr.