Wizards deal Porter to Bulls for Portis, Parker

Aldridge Leonsis and Beal need to work out plan for Wizards’ future

Aldridge Leonsis and Beal need to work out plan for Wizards’ future

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.

Jabari Parker has a team option for next season worth $20 million. The 25-year-old is joining a Bulls team which is 12-41 on the season, 13th place in the Eastern Conference standings.

Wizards owner Ted Leonsis recently said in an interview with local radio station WTOP that the team wasn't going to be dealing Porter, Bradley Beal, or John Wall ahead of this Thursday's trade deadline, according to NBC Sports' Lisa Redmond. "Not bitter. It's just the business and what they're trying to accomplish". Washington will get a look at him and be able to make a value judgment.

In trading for Porter, the Bulls took on one of the most bloated contracts in basketball. He's a quality two-way player who also brings strong perimeter shooting, as he has hit 39.9 percent of his 3-pointers in his six-year career. Porter was owed $81 million dollars over the next 3 years. Without knocking Porter specifically, the ceiling for this move is rather limited.

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Portis, 23, was set to become a restricted free agent this summer after turning down a multi-year deal just before the start of this past season. Even though he would have been marginalized behind Markkanen and Carter, lumping him into a trade package to execute what is more or less a negative move may not have been the best way to cash out.

In the Bulls' defense, at least they are netting an above-average rotation player in Porter who is likely better than any player they might have seriously courted in free agency.

Grunfield added of the Johnson deal, "This trade gives us a veteran wing player and former first-round pick in Wesley who will add experience and shooting to our bench".

"Bobby Portis just left the United Center", The Athletic's Darnell Mayberry reported on his Twitter account. The biggest issue is that none of it is especially surprising.

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