Bulls trade Parker and Portis to Wizards for Otto Porter Jr

Otto Porter

The Washington Wizards were looking to trade Otto Porter and have found a taker in the Chicago Bulls.

The Washington Wizards are trading forward Otto Porter Jr.to the Chicago Bulls for forward Jabari Parker and Bobby Portis, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.

The move helps the Wizards shed Porter's max contract - a four-year, $106 million deal signed in 2017 - and nets them two players who've shown promise. He is making $26 million this season, $27.2 million next season, and has a player option for $28.4 million the season after that, which he would likely pick up. The sharpshooter entered Wednesday averaging a career-high 24.8 points per game while shooting 46.9 percent from the field, 35.4 percent from beyond the arc and 79.4 percent from the free-throw line. Thus, it can be expected that the front office views Porter Jr.as a solution at small forward. Whereas, Bobby & Jabari will be restricted free agents this Summer. 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.

The Bulls, meanwhile, are in the midst of a "tanking" season at just 12-41. Did the Bulls make a smart move taking on Porter's bloated contract?

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In exchange, the Wizards will receive Parker and Portis. He played his way out of the team's rotation shortly after Jim Boylen took over as the team's head coach. Knee and ankle injuries limited him to just 22 games but he was playing much better of late, averaging 15.5 points on 47 percent shooting (and 43 percent from deep) and 6.8 rebounds.

Portis is a young power forward in his fourth National Basketball Association season with some intrigue, now averaging 14.1 points and 7.3 rebounds while shooting 37.5 per cent from three-point range.

Parker's first and only season with the Bulls was a massive disappointment.

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