Wizards sending Porter to Bulls

Mae Harvey
February 8, 2019

Wall could miss 12 months due to the injury. The moves came only a week after team owner Ted Leonsis insisted the franchise would not trade any of Porter, John Wall or Bradley Beal.

The Wizards now rid themselves of Porter and the three years and $81 million remaining on his contract. It was expected by many, including myself, that the team would look to address this hole in the upcoming draft, as there are many phenomenal prospects at small forward this year.

Washington's on-court return is also not for nothing: Portis has had some good moments with Chicago (apart from punching Nikola Mirotic) and becomes a player they can extend the qualifying offer, then try to re-sign this summer if they choose. Portis has certainly shown enough to be worth a trial run, and the future second-rounder definitely sweetens the return.

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.

Parker had signed a one-year, $20 million deal with his hometown Bulls prior to the start of the season, but quickly fell in new head coach Jim Boylan's doghouse. But it did not pan out; Washington never made it past the second round of the playoffs with that trio. Did the Bulls make a smart move taking on Porter's bloated contract? If the move was purely a salary dump, they would have at least acquired a draft pick, and more than likely would not have given up Portis. Sure, they have to pay somebody, and a healthy Porter bolsters their rotation, but at a price tag north of $27 million for next season and close to $28.5 million for 2020-21, the Bulls are essentially just committing to eating someone else's bad money as they openly tank. He has shot 36.9 percent from 3-point range.

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