Chicago Bulls: Otto Porter trade changes franchise direction

Rex Christensen
February 7, 2019

In return, Washington will take on Jabari Parker and Bobby Portis. He's a quality two-way player who also brings strong perimeter shooting, as he has hit 39.9 percent of his 3-pointers in his six-year career.

The Bulls and Wizards sprung into deadline action on Wednesday night, reportedly agreeing to a deal that sends Otto Porter from Washington to Chicago in exchange for Bobby Portis and Jabari Parker, and a protected second-round pick in 2023.

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

Porter has two seasons - which includes a player option in 2020-21 - remaining on the four-year, $104 million contract he signed in July 2017.

Parker's situation is a bit more complicated, but his deal is essentially an expiring one as the Wizards would be foolish to pick up his $20 million option for next season.

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The Bulls, meanwhile, are in the midst of a "tanking" season at just 12-41. This trade was an acknowledgement by the Bulls of that league-wide belief, as big-market teams rarely give up a maximum-salary slot in a strong free-agent class to acquire a good player who nonetheless doesn't much move the needle much in their long-term championship aspirations.

For Chicago, this move is about bolstering the young core at a position of need.

With Portis and Parker, the Wizards acquired two players who have flashed potential but also have struggled in the National Basketball Association.

Portis is averaging 14.1 points and 7.3 rebounds in 24.1 minutes this season. 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. Not long after Hoiberg was sacked and the newly promoted Jim Boylen took over on December 3, Parker fell out of the rotation altogether.

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