Wizards send Porter to Bulls for Portis, Parker
The Washington Wizards traded Otto Porter Jr. to the Chicago Bulls in exchange for Bobby Portis and Jabari Parker, the club confirmed Wednesday night.
The deal, which took place less than 24 hours before the NBA's trade deadline, also includes a 2023 second-round pick going from Chicago to Washington.
"We are bringing in two former first-round picks who will give us frontcourt depth with their ability to play multiple positions," Wizards president Ernie Grunfeld said. "The trade also provides us with an opportunity to continue to develop two promising young players while giving us future flexibility."
Porter, who averaged 12.6 points and 5.6 rebounds with the Wizards this season, has two years and $55.7 million remaining on his contract. The 25-year-old Georgetown product is expected to join the Bulls' starting lineup at small forward.
"Otto was always a team-first player and a positive presence for us both on and off the court," Grunfeld said. "He worked to develop into a very good player during his time here and we wish him the best in this new chapter in his career."
The 6-foot-11 Portis, 23, averaged 14.1 points (shooting a career-high .375 from 3-point range) and 7.3 rebounds in 22 games (six starts) for the Bulls this season. He was in his fourth year with Chicago, which selected him in the first round (No. 22 overall) out of Arkansas in 2015.
The deal ends a failed experiment for Parker, 23, who grew up in Chicago and hoped for a positive homecoming. He averaged 14.3 points, 6.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 39 games (17 starts) with the Bulls, but he spent substantial time on the bench in recent weeks as the team turned to more developmental prospects instead.
His best NBA season came with the Milwaukee Bucks in 2016-17, when he had career-high averages in points (20.1), rebounds (6.2) and assists (2.8) while shooting .490 from the field and .365 from 3-point range over 51 games.
Portis recently told reporters that he hoped to remain with the Bulls for the long term through its rebuilding process.
"Bobby Portis just left the United Center," The Athletic's Darnell Mayberry reported on his Twitter account. "All he had with him was a small Louis Vuitton backpack on his back, a pair of shoes and a Bulls jersey. He looked shellshocked."
--Field Level Media