Otto Porter Jr. on choosing Raptors over Warriors: Just business, not personal

Former Golden State Warriors forward Otto Porter Jr. explained his decision to play for the Toronto Raptors rather than return to the Bay Area.

It’s all too common for players who’ve made their mark in a championship to head for greener pastures, but it hurts no less. With several warriors”stung‘ The fact that the team was mismatched to hold Gary Payton II meant players and fans alike dealt another blow when Otto Porter Jr. decided to sign with the Raptors instead.

Considering the rumors about how Kevin Durant felt As he left the bay, it was understandable that fans were wondering if Porter was leaving because of something going on behind the scenes. Warriors fans can rest easy knowing Otto Porter Jr. thoroughly enjoyed his season in San Francisco despite moving north.

“Of course it was tough to win a championship there.” Porter said about Golden State. “I think a lot of people expected everyone to come back to run again. It was a tough decision. But I’ve been associated with these guys for life. We had an incredible year.”

Otto Porter Jr. leaves Warriors for Raptors with nothing but fond memories

Although Porter found it difficult to come out of a fantastic situation, there are valid reasons why he chose to continue his NBA career in Toronto.

“I played a lot against Toronto because I was in Washington DC [with the Wizards]. I love the city,” Porter said. “My wife is from here. It just makes sense.”

“This is a new opportunity for me to come to Toronto and win the title here,” he continued.

Porter was drafted by the Washington Wizards in the 2013 NBA draft and spent six years there before being traded to the Chicago Bulls in 2019. The Raptors will be Porter’s fifth NBA franchise of his career, joining teammates like Pascal Siakam and Fred VanVleet on a team that won its own NBA championship against the Warriors in 2019. Otto Porter Jr. on choosing Raptors over Warriors: Just business, not personal

John Verrall

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