He's a quality two-way player who also brings strong perimeter shooting, as he has hit 39.9 percent of his 3-pointers in his six-year career.
As the National Basketball Association trade deadline nears on Thursday afternoon, the Wizards managed to trade Otto Porter Jr.in exchange for Bobby Portis and Jabari Parker, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.
Porter has a hefty contract, owed almost $27.3 million in 2019-'20 before holding a player option for almost $28.5 million in 2020-'21.
So the Bulls will go forward with Porter on the wing.
The Bulls signed Parker to a two-year, $40-million deal in July, holding a team option on the second season. This is essentially the Bulls spending a few months earlier, acquiring a player in Porter who is one year removed from a terrific shooting season (.503/.441/.828) and at 25 years old still has room for improvement. The Bulls' hope is that this season is an aberration and that he'll bounce back with a new team.
Portis is a young power forward in his fourth National Basketball Association season with some intrigue, now averaging 14.1 points and 7.3 rebounds while shooting 37.5 per cent from three-point range.
For Chicago, this move is about bolstering the young core at a position of need. They also could have just let Parker expire and looked to deal Portis separately. Maybe they rehabilitate Porter's value and trade him again.
Parker's first and only season with the Bulls was a massive disappointment. Not long after Hoiberg was sacked and the newly promoted Jim Boylen took over on December 3, Parker fell out of the rotation altogether. The power forward had averaged 14.1 points per game this season but has appeared in just 22 games.