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Bulls get Otto Porter Jr. from Wizards for Portis, Parker – Kansas City Star

The Washington Wizards decided they had to shake up the deal with All-Star point guard John Wall for the season.

Otto Porter Jr. is gone. Jabari Parker and Bobby Portis are inside.

Washington exchanged Porter for the wrestling Chicago Bulls on Wednesday for Parker, Portis and a protected 2023 second round.

"I know what he can do," said Bradley Beal of the Wizards. "He has the ability to lead a young team now, so I know he'll do well there, or wherever he lands, we welcome Bobby and Jabari and just keep moving forward."

The Wizards changed their forecourt in the aftermath of the news that Wall must be operated on for a ruptured left Achilles tendon and is expected to miss a lot, if not everything, of next season. The wall was already sidelined due to an operation on its left link.

The trade also ended a failed experiment for the Bulls after Parker signed a $ 40 million, two-year contract with his hometown team. Chicago dropped to 12-42 with the loss of 125-120 on Wednesday night to New Orleans.

Porter had joined Wall and shot spy Bradley Beal to form a young core of lottery draws that the wizards were trying to build. But it did not come out; Washington never reached the second round of the playoffs with that trio.

All three have big contracts. The Wizards held on to Porter in 2017 by matching a $ 106.5 million four-year offer he signed with the Brooklyn Nets.

"Otto was always a team-first player and a positive presence for us both on and off the court," said Wizard's president Ernie Grunfeld. "He has developed into a very good player during his stay here and we wish him the best in this new chapter in his career."

Porter has an average of only 12.6 points and 5.6 rebounds this season while shooting 36.9 percent in 3-point attempts. He has been in and out of Washington's starting grid.

The Wizards are 22-32 after losing 148-129 in Milwaukee, and more moves can come before the trade deadline.

A person familiar with the negotiations said late on Wednesday that Washington had agreed to trade Markieff Morris to New Orleans for Wesley Johnson. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the NBA had not signed the deal.

Porter, who plays a role as the small player of the Bulls, plays for the first time since high school at a new home game. He played college basketball in Georgetown, which used the Wizards arena for home games, and was then taken by Washington number three in the NBA draw of 2013.

"Otto has proven to be a great 3-point shooter while being very efficient," said General Gar Forman of Bulls. "In his sixth professional season, he is only 25 years old and someone who is well able to help our team move forward."

Parker led the Simeon Career Academy in Chicago to four state championships and played a season with Duke before Milwaukee picked him up with the No. 2 choice in 2014. He tore the front cruciate ligament in his left knee twice in four seasons with the Bucks.

Although his homecoming did not go as he hoped, Parker called it a "great experience & # 39; and insisted that he & # 39; not bitter & # 39; used to be.

"It's just the company and what they are trying to achieve," he said. "Right now I have a better chance."

Parker played in and out of Chicago's rotation, averaging 14.3 points and 6.2 rebounds in 39 games. He was not really fit for coach and grit officer Fred Hoiberg and is not really a defensive player, stresses a field coach Jim Boylen.

However, Zach LaVine said that Parker does not & # 39; the good end of the stick & # 39; with the Bulls.

"I know he's one of the most talented guys in the team," LaVine said. & # 39; You could see it, he always was, I think he did it very well, especially for the situation he was in. I do not know if you would say that, but I think he did very well. & # 39;

Losing Portis was not easy either. He was a major player, mostly from the bank, since the Bulls drafted him with the number 22 choice in 2015.

Knee and ankle injuries have limited him this season to 22 games, although he averaged a career-high 14.1 points and 7.3 rebounds average.

"I could tell that Bobby was a little weird," LaVine said. "I learned it early in the NBA, and some of my best friends were swapped in. Especially right before the game, Bobby was a bit like the glue of the team, the big voice, he was one of my best friends in the team."


AP Basketball writer Tim Reynolds in Miami and AP Sports Writer Howard Fendrich in Washington have contributed to this report.


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