Wizards acquire Parker and Portis from Bulls

Jo Caldwell
February 8, 2019

The Philadelphia 76ers made somewhat of a splash by acquiring Tobias Harris from the Los Angeles Clippers to boost their already loaded starting five, and now the Washington Wizards and Chicago Bulls have gotten into the trade action as well.

In a move that comes at a bit of a surprise, the Chicago Bulls have acquired small forward Otto Porter Jr. for power forward Bobby Portis, power forward Jabari Parker, and a 2023 second round pick.

The 25-year-old Porter was selected third overall by the Wizards in the 2013 NBA Draft.

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Porter has a hefty contract, owed almost $27.3 million in 2019-'20 before holding a player option for almost $28.5 million in 2020-'21. In his sophomore campaign, Portis won SEC Player of the Year, averaging 17.5 points and 8.9 rebounds per game. The Wizards held onto Porter in 2017 by matching a $106.5 million, four-year, max-contract offer he had signed with the Brooklyn Nets. 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.

The trouble was the Bulls, struggling at 12-41 and having undergone a coaching change this season, weren't considered a possible landing spot for any free agent of effect.

I had reported last week that Bobby Portis was being shopped and everyone saw the writing on the walls with Jabari Parker.

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For Chicago, this move is about bolstering the young core at a position of need. Parker landed on the second unit but didn't showcase much defensive effort early in the season. He was the longest-tenured Bulls player before being moved and was averaging 14.1 points and 7.3 rebounds.

Both Portis and Parker can come off the books at year end with their expiring contracts. He played his way out of the team's rotation shortly after Jim Boylen took over as the team's head coach. He contributed 14.3 points and 6.2 rebounds across 39 appearances.

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