Wizards sending Porter to Bulls

Otto Porter

Otto Porter

He has shot 36.9 percent from 3-point range.

The Washington Wizards traded Otto Porter to the Chicago Bulls in exchange for Jabari Parker and Bobby Portis, the team announced.

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. Thus, it can be expected that the front office views Porter Jr.as a solution at small forward.

The Wizards have agreed to send the 25-year-old forward to the Bulls, according to a report from The Athletic, which cites unidentified league sources.

The Bulls, meanwhile, are in the midst of a "tanking" season at just 12-41. Parker landed on the second unit but didn't showcase much defensive effort early in the season.

Parker has a team option worth $20 million next season, while Portis will hit restricted free agency. Did the Bulls make a smart move taking on Porter's bloated contract?

Amid its struggles, Chicago is looking to become more competitive to create a better culture for its younger core and possibly become more attractive for free agents down the line. They initially planned for him to start at small forward, but former coach Fred Hoiberg shelved that quest in the preseason. He was the longest-tenured Bulls player before being moved and was averaging 14.1 points and 7.3 rebounds. He played his way out of the team's rotation shortly after Jim Boylen took over as the team's head coach. With the Parker SF experiment failing, the only threes on the Chicago Bulls roster was rookie Chandler Hutchison and newly-acquired Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot. Parker, the No. 2 overall pick in 2014, has appeared in 39 games this season and is averaging 14.3 points and 6.2 rebounds in under 27 minutes per game.

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