Bulls trade Parker and Portis to Wizards for Otto Porter Jr

NBA Trade Grades: Wizards sending Otto Porter Jr. to Bulls

The Wizards traded Otto Porter Jr. to the Bulls for what?

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. Porter makes the Bulls better, and should return to being a 40% three-point shooter when fully healthy, but he is nearly surely not the guy who gets Chicago over the hump, and to find that guy, they probably need to be losing games, not winning them.

The Washington Wizards traded Otto Porter to the Chicago Bulls in exchange for Jabari Parker and Bobby Portis, the team announced.

The Washington Wizards are sending Otto Porter to the Chicago Bulls for Bobby Portis and Jabari Parker, league sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @WatchStadium. The fifth-year veteran signed a one-year, $20 million deal with the Bulls this summer.

The Bulls, meanwhile, are in the midst of a "tanking" season at just 12-41.

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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. Washington was set to be repeat offenders of the luxury tax, but this trade now moves them closer out of it. He was the longest-tenured Bulls player before being moved and was averaging 14.1 points and 7.3 rebounds.

With Parker and Portis having expired contracts after this season, the Wizards front office just cleared major cap space moving forward. His role was limited when Jim Boylen took over as head coach and, despite a nice stretch over the last two weeks, was never going to be a long-term fit.

Parker's departure was largely expected, presuming the Bulls could find a salary to match Parker's $20 million tag. Parker, the No. 2 overall pick in 2014, has appeared in 39 games this season and is averaging 14.3 points and 6.2 rebounds in under 27 minutes per game.

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