After big trade Bulls trade options unlikely to move bar for OKC

09 February, 2019, 05:30 | Author: Marlene Myers
  • NBA Trade Grades: Wizards sending Otto Porter Jr. to Bulls

"We are excited to add Otto Porter to our team".

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. The 23-year-old averaged 14.3 points and 6.2 boards per game in 39 games and 17 starts this season.

The Wizards will send Otto Porter to the Chicago Bulls for Bobby Portis, Jabari Parker, and a 2023 second-round draft pick, multiple sources report.

And after Wall's latest injury, NBC insider Tom Haberstroh reported the Wizards plan to "stay the course" in chasing the postseason.

Clearly, for the Wizards they are looking at clearing salary given where they entered the day (Wall out for a year and looking to be the first non-playoff luxury tax team).

More news: Portland acquires Rodney Hood from Cleveland

Portis, turning 24 on February 10, was passed over in the 2015 NBA Draft when Washington moved up to take Kelly Oubre Jr. despite liking the Arkansas product.

By trading Porter, the Wizards cleanse themselves of two more expensive seasons of a max player that has never sniffed an All-Star team and now plays like he is perpetually in pain (Porter signed a 4-year/$106.5M contract in the summer of 2017). The power forward had averaged 14.1 points per game this season but has appeared in just 22 games.

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.

In return, the Wizards are getting Portis, who is a change-of-scenery candidate, and Parker, who is seeking to prove himself after receiving limited playing time this season.

The next part of Markkanen's game that I would love to see him improve upon - especially with 28 games remaining - is his post game.

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