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.
Every trade needs to be graded and judged, and that's exactly what we're going to do here.
It looks like the Gar Forman/John Paxson brain trust in the Chicago front office is pretty comfortable with locking up a lot of money. He's tallying career highs in points (14.1) and rebounds (7.3) per game in 2018-19. He's only 23 and moves into a better playing situation than in Chicago, where he had become superfluous to Lauri Markkanen and Wendell Carter in the Bulls' long-term plans. Days after majority team owner Ted Leonsis said the team will not be trading John Wall, Bradley Beal, or Otto Porter, the Wizards have moved the latter. In return, Washington will take on Jabari Parker and Bobby Portis.
With John Wall out, the Washington Wizards have decided to make some moves. Wall could miss 12 months due to the injury.
They drafted Portis 22nd overall in the 2015 NBA Draft, and had signed Parker, a Chicago-native who had spent his first four seasons with the Milwaukee Bucks, to a two-year deal prior to this season.
In addition, the Bulls will also send the Wizards a 2023 second-round draft pick as well. Over his six seasons in the league, he has put up career averages of 10.7 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.18 steals in 384 games (271 starts) while shooting.483 from the field, .399 from three (17th among active players) and.786 from the free throw line.
One big thing they'll be getting off their hands is Porter's contract, in which they would owe him $27 million next year with a player option for $28.5 million for the 2019-20 season.