Portis, turning 24 on February 10, was passed over in the 2015 NBA Draft when Washington moved up to take Kelly Oubre Jr. despite liking the Arkansas product. Most importantly, Washington goes from having over $116 million, seven million over the cap, on the books next season across just six players, assuming Dwight Howard opts in to his ridiculous player option, to just $89 million if Parker's team option is declined. Porter is under contract for two more seasons, $27.3M and a $28.5M player option in 2020-21. But following a season-ending injury to Wall this year, and with any hopes of making a playoff run quickly dissipating, this was as good of a time as any for Washington to make a move.
The second overall pick in the 2014 draft by Milwaukee out of Duke, Parker is averaging 14.3 points, 6.2 boards an 2.2 assists in 26.7 minutes in 39 games (17 starts) for Chicago, shooting 47.4 percent from the field, 32.5 percent from deep and 73.1 percent from the line. Here's how the Wizards and Bulls shake out in this trade.
The Bulls, meanwhile, are in the midst of a "tanking" season at just 12-41.
Porter undoubtedly improved in his first five seasons in the league, but his sixth season has seen him plateau and struggle to stay healthy.
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Porter is averaging 12.6 points, 5.6 rebounds and two assists in his sixth National Basketball Association season out of Georgetown. Porter's poor fit with the Wizards, however, was hard to disguise.
Additionally, Porter's lack of assertiveness, absence of joy, and passive-aggressive relationships with Wall and Beal all contribute to a rather underwhelming tenure.
The team is still giving off the impression that it wants to keep its core together, which is nothing new. 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.
Wall, the face of the franchise, will surely scratch, claw, fight, and relentlessly rehab in efforts to come back an effective player.