Wizards quiet with trade deadline looming

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

The Bulls are sending Bobby Portis & Jabari Parker to Washington in exchange for Otto Porter Jr.

The Wizards play in D.C. on Friday against the Cavaliers on the first game of a back-to-back before they quickly visit Porter in Chicago on Saturday.

Every trade needs to be graded and judged, and that's exactly what we're going to do here. Did the Bulls make a smart move taking on Porter's bloated contract?

It looks like the Gar Forman/John Paxson brain trust in the Chicago front office is pretty comfortable with locking up a lot of money.

Porter has averaged 12.6 points and 5.6 rebounds in 29 minutes per game this season. In his fourth season in the National Basketball Association, mainly coming off of the bench, Portis is averaging 14.1 points on 45 percent shooting including 37.5 percent from deep and 7.3 rebounds in 22 games.

More news: Toronto Raptors landing Marc Gasol in trade with Memphis Grizzlies

And after Wall's latest injury, NBC insider Tom Haberstroh reported the Wizards plan to "stay the course" in chasing the postseason.

PF- Lauri Markkanen, Wendell Carter Jr.

In return, the Bulls received Otto Porter Junior from Washington.

Chicago also gave Washington a protected 2023 second-round draft pick. Whereas, Bobby & Jabari will be restricted free agents this Summer.

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. With neither team going anywhere in a hurry, the Bulls racing to the bottom and the Wizards reeling after John Wall's Achilles tear, this is a trade seeking to better position both teams for the next couple seasons. Beyond unloading Porter's contract, the Wizards save about $4M this season (accounting for Parker's and Portis' contracts) and lower their luxury tax bill. Parker is averaging 14.3 points and 6.2 rebounds per game.

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