Wizards deal Otto Porter to Bulls for Jabari Parker and Bobby Portis

Wizards forward Jabari Parker

Porter makes the Bulls better, and should return to being a 40% three-point shooter when fully healthy, but he is nearly surely not the guy who gets Chicago over the hump, and to find that guy, they probably need to be losing games, not winning them.

The Bulls looked to the future on Wednesday night when they acquired Wizards small forward Otto Porter Jr.in exchange for Jabari Parker, Bobby Portis and a future second round pick.

As a Wednesday full of moves wore on the day before the 2019 NBA Trade Deadline, the Washington Wizards chose to shift their previous "off limits" stance on Otto Porter Jr.

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Porter has two seasons - which includes a player option in 2020-21 - remaining on the four-year, $104 million contract he signed in July 2017. The fifth-year veteran signed a one-year, $20 million deal with the Bulls this summer. The Bulls' hope is that this season is an aberration and that he'll bounce back with a new team. This trade was an acknowledgement by the Bulls of that league-wide belief, as big-market teams rarely give up a maximum-salary slot in a strong free-agent class to acquire a good player who nonetheless doesn't much move the needle much in their long-term championship aspirations. The 25-year-old has spent all six seasons of his career with the Wizards.

Portis, 23, is in his fourth year out of Arkansas and is averaging 14.1 points and 7.3 rebounds in 22 games this season. He's expected to be out for most of next season. Confronted Wednesday evening with the reality that wouldn't happen, Portis left the United Center just before the start of the Bulls' game against the Wizards. Maybe they rehabilitate Porter's value and trade him again. He wasn't really a fit for former coach Fred Hoiberg's pace-and-space offense and isn't much of a defensive player - an area current coach Jim Boylen stresses.

Parker was in and out of Chicago's rotation, averaging 14.3 points and 6.2 rebounds in 39 games.

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