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

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

Otto Porter has been traded to the Bulls.

In the Bulls locker room, Robin Lopez joked that the team asked the players not to talk about the trade of Bobby Portis and Jabari Parker to Washington for Otto Porter, and he was happy to use that as an excuse. The 25-year-old has spent all six seasons of his career with the Wizards. He has shot 36.9 percent from 3-point range. Sure, they have to pay somebody, and a healthy Porter bolsters their rotation, but at a price tag north of $27 million for next season and close to $28.5 million for 2020-21, the Bulls are essentially just committing to eating someone else's bad money as they openly tank.

Parker has a team option worth $20 million next season, while Portis will hit restricted free agency. It was expected by many, including myself, that the team would look to address this hole in the upcoming draft, as there are many phenomenal prospects at small forward this year. Without knocking Porter specifically, the ceiling for this move is rather limited. The Wizards season has been a mess from start to finish and they've been one of the league's biggest disappointments, entering Wednesday's play with a 22-31 record and 3.5 games back of the final playoff spot in the East.

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. Did the Wizards get enough for a two-way player of Porter's standing? The fact that they had to surrender a second-rounder in a deal that absolves the Wizards of financial dirty laundry feels wholly unnecessary.

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Parker and Portis are the Bulls third and fourth-leading scorers behind Zach LaVine and Lauri Markkanen.

The deal was made official fewer than two hours later.

What are they going to do, trade him? The biggest issue is that none of it is especially surprising.

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