According to multiple reports, the Bulls have reached an agreement with the Wizards to acquire Porter in exchange for forwards Bobby Portis and Jabari Parker and a future second round pick. With Lauri Markkanen and Wendell Carter Jr. as frontline staples for Chicago, Portis became expendable. Wall could miss 12 months due to the injury.
Porter undoubtedly improved in his first five seasons in the league, but his sixth season has seen him plateau and struggle to stay healthy.
The Washington Wizards went from hoping to make some noise again in the Eastern Conference this preseason to owning possibly the worst contract in the National Basketball Association with the John Wall injuries to going into a full salary dump right before the trade deadline.
The move sheds Washington of significant salary, as Porter is owed $26 million this season and $27.2 million in 2019-20.More news: Facebook Grows Profit, Despite Multiple Scandals
Parker was not playing much in Chicago and will likely not have his $20M team option for next season picked up in Washington.
Porter is averaging 12.6 points, 5.6 rebounds and two assists in his sixth National Basketball Association season out of Georgetown.
Parker is averaging 14.3 points, 6.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game for the Bulls this season - though he's started just 17 games for the team. They also could have just let Parker expire and looked to deal Portis separately. Porter's poor fit with the Wizards, however, was hard to disguise.
Wall, the face of the franchise, will surely scratch, claw, fight, and relentlessly rehab in efforts to come back an effective player. Others told the site that Wall would have been pleased if Porter was moved earlier in the season, when the team started 2-9.