Wizards deal Porter to Bulls for Portis, Parker

Florence Fletcher
February 8, 2019

Bobby Portis will be a restricted free agent this summer and was originally a first-round draft choice of the Bulls in 2015. His 3-point percentage is down more than seven percentage points to a pedestrian 36.9 percent.

The Wizards reportedly sent forward Otto Porter Jr.to the Bulls and Markieff Morris to the Pelicans in separate trades Wednesday.

The Washington Wizards and Chicago Bulls have just pulled off pretty big trade.

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.

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So the Bulls will go forward with Porter on the wing. Chicago entered Wednesday's game against New Orleans with a 12-41 record and 15 losses in 17 games.

The Wizards had become aggressive in attempting to move Porter while Parker had been in the doghouse for the Bulls, falling out of the rotation in December before recently regaining a role off of the bench. Parker landed on the second unit but didn't showcase much defensive effort early in the season.

The trade also ends a failed experiment for the Bulls after Parker signed a $40 million, two-year contract with his hometown team.

Porter has spent his entire six-year career with the Wizards after they selected him with the third overall pick in the 2013 draft. There's still a chance the team can make the postseason and the additions of Portis and Parker will surely help. The 23-year-old Portis is averaging career highs in points (14.1), rebounds (7.3) and 3-point shooting (37.5 percent). Washington was set to be repeat offenders of the luxury tax, but this trade now moves them closer out of it. Parker, the No. 2 overall pick in 2014, has appeared in 39 games this season and is averaging 14.3 points and 6.2 rebounds in under 27 minutes per game.

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