Wizards trade Otto Porter to Bulls for Bobby Portis, Jabari Parker

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

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.

Parker's situation is a bit more complicated, but his deal is essentially an expiring one as the Wizards would be foolish to pick up his $20 million option for next season. Porter is under contract for two more seasons, $27.3M and a $28.5M player option in 2020-21.

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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.

"We are excited to add Otto Porter to our team". Portis turned down a contract extension last summer, and is set to become a restricted free agent this off-season. 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's poor fit with the Wizards, however, was hard to disguise.

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Parker's first and only season with the Bulls was a massive disappointment. Either this was a misdirection move by the Wizards front office, or Wall's injury significantly changed their thinking. Others told the site that Wall would have been pleased if Porter was moved earlier in the season, when the team started 2-9. Its received calls about Bradley Beal all season but hasn't engaged in trade negotiations, according to sources.

The Wizards want consequential players back. General manager Ernie Grunfeld had signed the promising young forward to a four-year, $106 million deal prior to the 2017-18 season when it appeared the Wizards were on the rise. It wants to make the playoffs.

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