Bulls acquire Otto Porter from Wizards for Bobby Portis, Jabari Parker

09 February, 2019, 05:29 | Author: Amy Huff
  • Aldridge Leonsis and Beal need to work out plan for Wizards’ future

As the National Basketball Association trade deadline nears on Thursday afternoon, the Wizards managed to trade Otto Porter Jr.in exchange for Bobby Portis and Jabari Parker, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic. With Lauri Markkanen and Wendell Carter Jr. as frontline staples for Chicago, Portis became expendable.

The Washington Wizards were looking to trade Otto Porter and have found a taker in the Chicago Bulls. Wall could miss 12 months due to the injury. The Bulls project to have $21M (including their first round pick) in cap space for 2019-20.

The Wizards have traded forward Otto Porter Jr.to the Bulls. With Porter, Kelly Oubre and Austin Rivers now gone, the Wizards now only have to worry about getting rid of Wall and his massive contract. At six-foot-eight, Porter can defend multiple positions, is a career 39.9-per-cent three-point shooter and has averaged at least 1.4 steals in each of the past four seasons. The 23-year-old Parker struggled to find a role with the Bulls after signing a two-year, $40 million deal with the team in the offseason.

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Parker was not playing much in Chicago and will likely not have his $20M team option for next season picked up in Washington.

Additionally, Porter's lack of assertiveness, absence of joy, and passive-aggressive relationships with Wall and Beal all contribute to a rather underwhelming tenure.

Portis, 23, is averaging a career-high 14.3 points per game along with 7.3 rebounds per game. They also could have just let Parker expire and looked to deal Portis separately. Parker is averaging 14.3 points and 6.2 rebounds per game. Teams have until 3:00 p.m. ET to finalize their trades.

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