With John Wall out, the Washington Wizards have decided to make some moves.
Parker's situation is a bit more complicated, but his deal is essentially an expiring one as the Wizards would be foolish to pick up his $20 million option for next season. Expect the Wizards to remain active through Thursday's deadline to shed more salary and get out of the tax entirely. In 41 games this season, the forward averaged 12.6 points on 45.7 percent shooting from the field (his lowest since his second year in the NBA) including 36.9 percent from beyond the arc and 5.6 rebounds per game. And, if the Bulls could land a quality point guard to pair with Zach LaVine this team could conceivably become a playoff contender as early as next season. Did the Bulls make a smart move taking on Porter's bloated contract?
Porter undoubtedly improved in his first five seasons in the league, but his sixth season has seen him plateau and struggle to stay healthy. Porter had been with the Wizards since being drafted third overall by them in 2013. Whereas, Bobby & Jabari will be restricted free agents this Summer. Either this was a misdirection move by the Wizards front office, or Wall's injury significantly changed their thinking.More news: Gasol to Raptors. Green & Temple to Clips. Mack to ATL for Dorsey
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Additionally, Porter's lack of assertiveness, absence of joy, and passive-aggressive relationships with Wall and Beal all contribute to a rather underwhelming tenure. But during that time, not much trading has actually gone down.
The Wizards want consequential players back.
Porter, 25, is making $26 million this season and is signed for next season at $27.2 million, with a $28.5 million player option for the 2020-21 season.