The lowly Brooklyn Nets have signed a restricted free agent to an insane max contract SNY Nets via Twitter

Oh my Lord, you Brooklyn Nets.

The lowly franchise, which plays across the bridge from the lowly New Your Knicks, has made a huge splash in free agency that will have some shaking their heads. They’re signed restricted  Washington Wizards free agent Otto Porter to a max contract —  four years, $106 million.

Here’s how insane that is — Kevin Durant just signed for two years and $53 million with the Golden State Warriors, which works out to the same average annual value ($26.5 million) as Otto Porter.

Those numbers are worth repeating — four years, and $106 million for the 24-year-old, four-year veteran, who, before this past season, did little. Yes, he’s a former first round selection (N0. 3 overall in the 2013 draft) and last year, he did break out last season . He started 80 games and set career highs in points per game (13.4), rebounds (6.4) and shot .434 from three (also a career high).

But it’s just one year, and the Nets probably figured they’d have to throw money at someone to get them to come to Brooklyn. They’ve done that. Now, its up to the Wizards to decide whether they want to match, or engineer a sign-and-trade, though it’s hard to see who they may want off Brooklyn’s roster. Then again, the Nets are well versed in the ways of trading first-round draft picks, as they did this past season.

The Washington Post has already reported that the Wizards are prepared to match any max offer to keep Porter.

Ray Marcano About the author:
Ray grew up in the Bronx, New York, so no surprise --- he's a lifelong New York Yankee fan. He's suffered through the last 40 years of bad New York hoops (he's a Knicks fan) and gets occasional giggles from the Rangers (NHL finals last year!).  In addition to his ...Read more
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