Bulls trade Portis, Parker to Wizards for Porter

Elena Summers
February 9, 2019

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.

Chicago Bulls forward Jabari Parker has been traded to the Washington Wizards along with Bobby Portis in exchange for Otto Porter.

The Washington Wizards sure are an interesting National Basketball Association organization. Portis turned down a contract extension last summer, and is set to become a restricted free agent this off-season. With Porter, Kelly Oubre and Austin Rivers now gone, the Wizards now only have to worry about getting rid of Wall and his massive contract.

The Washington Wizards and Chicago Bulls have just pulled off pretty big trade. Most importantly, Washington goes from having over $116 million, seven million over the cap, on the books next season across just six players, assuming Dwight Howard opts in to his ridiculous player option, to just $89 million if Parker's team option is declined.

In 39 games this season, Parker averaged 14.3 points and 6.2 rebounds.

For Chicago, this move is about bolstering the young core at a position of need. He has shot 36.9 percent from 3-point range. 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. They already knew he'd be out for the rest of this season following heel surgery, but now they'll have to consider the possibility he might not be the same caliber of player again. This feels like a deal the Bulls didn't necessarily have to make, and one that doesn't make a clear, positive impact on their future.

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