Published: Sat, February 09, 2019
Sport | By Joe Gonzales

Wizards change course, dump Otto Porter on Bulls

Wizards change course, dump Otto Porter on Bulls

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.

One big thing they'll be getting off their hands is Porter's contract, in which they would owe him $27 million next year with a player option for $28.5 million for the 2019-20 season.

This season, he's played 41 games and has averaged 12.6 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.0 assists.

The Chicago Bulls will be relying a lot on the scoring output from Markkanen the rest of this season alongside Zach LaVine.

Parker's first and only season with the Bulls was a massive disappointment.

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Portis is a young power forward in his fourth National Basketball Association season with some intrigue, now averaging 14.1 points and 7.3 rebounds while shooting 37.5 per cent from three-point range.

6-8, 198) was selected third overall by the Washington Wizards in the 2013 NBA Draft. Porter's poor fit with the Wizards, however, was hard to disguise. The Athletic reported the team was planning on keeping Beal, Wall and Porter. Though it hasn't been almost as adamant about holding onto Otto Porter, trade talks around the sixth-year forward haven't picked up much steam, according to sources.

By trading Porter, the Wizards cleanse themselves of two more expensive seasons of a max player that has never sniffed an All-Star team and now plays like he is perpetually in pain (Porter signed a 4-year/$106.5M contract in the summer of 2017).

Wall, the face of the franchise, will surely scratch, claw, fight, and relentlessly rehab in efforts to come back an effective player.

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