Washington Wizards: Otto Era Over

Sherman Parsons
February 9, 2019

Before tonight's game, the Chicago Bulls traded forwards Bobby Portis and Jabari Parker to the Washington Wizards in exchange for small forward Otto Porter Jr.

The Washington Wizards and Chicago Bulls have just pulled off pretty big trade.

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 25-year-old Porter is averaging 12.6 points and 5.6 rebounds per game.

In addition, the Bulls will also send the Wizards a 2023 second-round draft pick as well.

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In the 2018 offseason, Parker signed a two-year $40 million contract with the Bulls, but the second year of the deal is a team option. In his fourth season in the National Basketball Association, mainly coming off of the bench, Portis is averaging 14.1 points on 45 percent shooting including 37.5 percent from deep and 7.3 rebounds in 22 games.

Washington has clearly made a U-turn from their initial trade deadline plans of holding onto Porter Jr., likely triggered by the news of John Wall rupturing his Achilles and need 11-15 months of recovery.

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).

ESPN's Bobby Marks reported that the Bulls will have $21 million in cap space this summer after the Porter trade. This coming two days after the team learned that Wall may miss the entire 2019-20 season after it was discovered he almost completely ruptured his left Achilles tendon. He averaged 14.1 points in 22 games in a season marred by knee and ankle injuries.

It remains to be seen if anyone would want to take on Porter's contract.

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