NBA Trade Grades: Wizards sending Otto Porter Jr. to Bulls

Otto Porter

NBA Trade Grades: Wizards sending Otto Porter Jr. to Bulls

Wall could also miss all of next season.

The Philadelphia 76ers made somewhat of a splash by acquiring Tobias Harris from the Los Angeles Clippers to boost their already loaded starting five, and now the Washington Wizards and Chicago Bulls have gotten into the trade action as well. Expect the Wizards to remain active through Thursday's deadline to shed more salary and get out of the tax entirely.

If the team is not going to address the small forward position, what will they turn to? He is making $26 million this season, $27.2 million next season, and has a player option for $28.4 million the season after that, which he would likely pick up. It looks like once again the Bulls won't be big-time players in free agency.

Porter is in the second season of a four-year, $106 million deal that the Wizards matched after he signed an offer sheet with Brooklyn in the summer of 2017. The 23-year-old Parker struggled to find a role with the Bulls after signing a two-year, $40 million deal with the team in the offseason. And, if the Bulls could land a quality point guard to pair with Zach LaVine this team could conceivably become a playoff contender as early as next season.

Portis, meanwhile, has played in just 22 games for Chicago this season, but he's averaging 14.1 points and 7.3 rebounds per contest. Even though he would have been marginalized behind Markkanen and Carter, lumping him into a trade package to execute what is more or less a negative move may not have been the best way to cash out.

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

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