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Washington Wizards Trade Otto Porter Jr To Bulls For Portis & Parker

Washington Wizards Trade Otto Porter Jr To Bulls For Portis & Parker

With John Wall out, the Washington Wizards have chose to make some moves.

With Parker and Portis having expired contracts after this season, the Wizards front office just cleared major cap space moving forward.

The Bulls and Wizards sprung into deadline action on Wednesday night, reportedly agreeing to a deal that sends Otto Porter from Washington to Chicago in exchange for Bobby Portis and Jabari Parker, and a protected second-round pick in 2023.

Grunfield added of the Johnson deal, "This trade gives us a veteran wing player and former first-round pick in Wesley who will add experience and shooting to our bench".

The move looks to be a salary dump for Washington, who found out yesterday that star guard John Wall will be out another 12 months for rupturing his achilles this week.

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Parker has a team option worth $20 million next season, while Portis will hit restricted free agency.

All three have big contracts. He has been in and out of Washington's starting lineup. Prior to Wednesday, the Wizards had said they wanted to keep Porter around.

Porter, who figures to slot in as the Bulls' small forward, will be playing on a new home court for the first time since high school. Porter had been dealing with injuries on and off this season, and though he is still just 25 years old, the upside with his financial setup and the Wizards' immediate trajectory was limited, and he becomes a casualty of the organization's new reality. Parker was the No. 2 overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft. He tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee twice in four seasons with the Bucks. The power forward had averaged 14.1 points per game this season but has appeared in just 22 games. Not long after Hoiberg was sacked and the newly promoted Jim Boylen took over on December 3, Parker fell out of the rotation altogether.

"It was a great experience", Parker said. "Right now, I've got a better opportunity". The 23-year-old averaged 14.3 points and 6.2 boards per game in 39 games and 17 starts this season.