Bulls acquire Otto Porter Jr. in trade with Wizards

Aldridge Leonsis and Beal need to work out plan for Wizards’ future

A basketball sits on the court during a timeout in the Washington Wizards and Boston Celtics game at Capital One Arena on April 10, 2018 in Washington, DC.

Every trade needs to be graded and judged, and that's exactly what we're going to do here.

The Bulls had been looking for athleticism on the wing, and even with cap space this summer, they pounced when Porter was made available.

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 23-year-old averaged 14.3 points and 6.2 boards per game in 39 games and 17 starts this season.

The deal also includes Chicago sending Washington a 2023 second-round draft pick, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. "But that was before news of the John Wall injury, which changed things for Washington", Zillgitt tweeted.

The Wizards had become aggressive in attempting to move Porter while Parker had been in the doghouse for the Bulls, falling out of the rotation in December before recently regaining a role off of the bench. Further, ESPN's Zach Lowe and Kevin Arnovitz, both reputable National Basketball Association insiders, said on a podcast Monday that the Wizards have not made Porter available.

Porter has spent his entire six-year career with the Wizards after they selected him with the third overall pick in the 2013 draft. Parker is averaging 14.3 points and 6.2 rebounds per game.

Parker was not playing much in Chicago and will likely not have his $20M team option for next season picked up in Washington.

Neither Parker nor Portis may be on the roster for the 2019-20 season, which is fine because at the end of the day this was a salary dump by the Wizards.

Appearing on 106.7 The Fan on Wednesday, coach Scott Brooks was asked about the possibility of trading away players like Porter, Jeff Green and Trevor Ariza - with the two latter being on expiring contracts.

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