The Washington Wizards Have Traded SF Otto Porter

The Washington Wizards Have Traded SF Otto Porter

Washington has clearly made a U-turn from their initial trade deadline plans of holding onto Porter Jr., likely triggered by the news of John Wall rupturing his Achilles and need 11-15 months of recovery.

The Bulls looked to the future on Wednesday night when they acquired Wizards small forward Otto Porter Jr.in exchange for Jabari Parker, Bobby Portis and a future second round pick.

In Parker, the Wizards are taking a flyer on the second-overall pick from the 2014 NBA Draft who has seen his career tail off significantly as a result of two knee injuries that caused him to miss nearly 150 games over his first three seasons. He has shot 36.9 percent from 3-point range. Porter is expected to immediately slot in as the Bulls' starting small forward.

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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. He will help them and fits with their pieces-it's just that Chicago should be more interested in draft assets and cheaper young talent based on where they're at in the rebuild.

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. Parker landed on the second unit but didn't showcase much defensive effort early in the season. The 23-year-old Portis is averaging career highs in points (14.1), rebounds (7.3) and 3-point shooting (37.5 percent). He had grown disgruntled in Chicago-understandably so after the Bulls brought him home as a touted free agent signing, then proceeded to bury him in the rotation.

Parker's first and only season with the Bulls was a massive disappointment. By no means do I believe Morant will not be a good National Basketball Association player, however, I believe that there are a few extremely talented players who the Bulls should aim at drafting above Morant, although I think they have already set their minds on him. Not long after Hoiberg was sacked and the newly promoted Jim Boylen took over on December 3, Parker fell out of the rotation altogether. Parker was averaging 14.3 points and 6.2 rebounds.

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