The Washington Wizards Have Traded SF Otto Porter

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It is looking very likely that the Chicago Bulls have their eyes set on drafting Murray State's Ja Morant.

Washington traded Porter to the struggling Chicago Bulls on Wednesday for Parker and Portis. General manager Ernie Grunfeld had signed the promising young forward to a four-year, $106 million deal prior to the 2017-18 season when it appeared the Wizards were on the rise.

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Porter has a hefty contract, owed almost $27.3 million in 2019-'20 before holding a player option for almost $28.5 million in 2020-'21. The sharpshooter entered Wednesday averaging a career-high 24.8 points per game while shooting 46.9 percent from the field, 35.4 percent from beyond the arc and 79.4 percent from the free-throw line. This trade was an acknowledgement by the Bulls of that league-wide belief, as big-market teams rarely give up a maximum-salary slot in a strong free-agent class to acquire a good player who nonetheless doesn't much move the needle much in their long-term championship aspirations. The contract also includes a $20 million team option for next season. Parker landed on the second unit but didn't showcase much defensive effort early in the season. Jabari Parker and Bobby Portis are in. Without knocking Porter specifically, the ceiling for this move is rather limited.

The 23-year-old Portis is averaging 14.1 points and 7.3 rebounds in 22 games. 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. 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. They initially planned for him to start at small forward, but former coach Fred Hoiberg shelved that quest in the preseason. The biggest issue is that none of it is especially surprising.