Wizards sending Porter to Bulls

Wizards sending Porter to Bulls

Wizards sending Porter to Bulls

The Chicago Bulls have acquired forward Otto Porter Jr. from the Washington Wizards in exchange for forwards Jabari Parker and Bobby Portis, and a protected 2023 second-round draft pick.

A basketball sits on the court during a timeout in the Washington Wizards and Boston Celtics game at Capital One Arena on April 10, 2018 in Washington, DC.

We're all used to the Bulls being cheap at this point, so it's actually a bit of a stunner to watch Chicago openly bring on Porter's weighty salary.

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. At six-foot-eight, Porter can defend multiple positions, is a career 39.9-per-cent three-point shooter and has averaged at least 1.4 steals in each of the past four seasons.

The Washington Wizards were looking to trade Otto Porter and have found a taker in the Chicago Bulls.

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Portis is a young power forward in his fourth National Basketball Association season with some intrigue, now averaging 14.1 points and 7.3 rebounds while shooting 37.5 per cent from three-point range. Portis turned down a contract extension last summer, and is set to become a restricted free agent this off-season.

Wizards owner Ted Leonsis said in late January the team was "not trading" Porter. The 23-year-old Parker struggled to find a role with the Bulls after signing a two-year, $40 million deal with the team in the offseason.

Portis, 23, is on a $2.5 million expiring contract. He averaged 14.1 points in 22 games in a season marred by knee and ankle injuries.

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