Wizards deal Otto Porter to Bulls for Jabari Parker and Bobby Portis

09 February, 2019, 05:27 | Author: Greg Lawrence
  • The Wizards traded Otto Porter Jr. to the Bulls for what?

In 41 games this season, the forward averaged 12.6 points on 45.7 percent shooting from the field (his lowest since his second year in the NBA) including 36.9 percent from beyond the arc and 5.6 rebounds per game. This coming two days after the team learned that Wall may miss the entire 2019-20 season after it was discovered he almost completely ruptured his left Achilles tendon.

Wizards owner Ted Leonsis recently said in an interview with local radio station WTOP that the team wasn't going to be dealing Porter, Bradley Beal, or John Wall ahead of this Thursday's trade deadline, according to NBC Sports' Lisa Redmond.

Signed to a four-year, $106.5 million deal back in July of 2017, the former No. 3 overall pick just has not panned out in the nation's capital.

For Chicago, the trading of Portis signals the complete passing of the frontcourt torch to second-year forward Lauri Markkanen and rookie big man Wendell Carter Jr.

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For Chicago, this move is about bolstering the young core at a position of need. Sure, they have to pay somebody, and a healthy Porter bolsters their rotation, but at a price tag north of $27 million for next season and close to $28.5 million for 2020-21, the Bulls are essentially just committing to eating someone else's bad money as they openly tank.

Otto Porter has been traded to the Bulls. He shot 47.4 percent from the field and 32.5 percent from beyond the arc on almost three attempts from deep per game. Parker was unhappy anyway, but hanging onto him would have at least created cap space and given Chicago financial flexibility this summer. Did the Wizards get enough for a two-way player of Porter's standing? Porter could have more of an opportunity to shine offensively in Chicago. They already knew he'd be out for the rest of this season following heel surgery, but now they'll have to consider the possibility he might not be the same caliber of player again.

In return, the Wizards are getting Portis, who is a change-of-scenery candidate, and Parker, who is seeking to prove himself after receiving limited playing time this season.

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