Published: Fri, February 08, 2019
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Chicago Bulls: Otto Porter trade changes franchise direction

Chicago Bulls: Otto Porter trade changes franchise direction

With John Wall out, the Washington Wizards have decided to make some moves.

The deal also comes in the wake of news that star John Wall will be out 11-15 months after tearing his Achilles, a major setback for the team and point guard who was already sidelined with a season-ending heel injury.

Otto Porter has played a significant role for the Wizards since the team drafted him with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2013 National Basketball Association draft.

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.

As a Wednesday full of moves wore on the day before the 2019 NBA Trade Deadline, the Washington Wizards chose to shift their previous "off limits" stance on Otto Porter Jr. 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 Bulls, meanwhile, are in the midst of a "tanking" season at just 12-41. Did the Bulls make a smart move taking on Porter's bloated contract? They also could have just let Parker expire and looked to deal Portis separately.

I had reported last week that Bobby Portis was being shopped and everyone saw the writing on the walls with Jabari Parker. The 23-year-old averaged 14.3 points and 6.2 boards per game in 39 games and 17 starts this season. Expect the Wizards to remain active through Thursday's deadline to shed more salary and get out of the tax entirely. Not long after Hoiberg was sacked and the newly promoted Jim Boylen took over on December 3, Parker fell out of the rotation altogether.

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