Portis, turning 24 on February 10, was passed over in the 2015 NBA Draft when Washington moved up to take Kelly Oubre Jr. despite liking the Arkansas product. Porter has a player option prior to the 2020-21 season where he can make $28.4 million. He's expected to be out for most of next season. His production has dipped across the board following a breakout 2017-18 campaign, as he's averaging 12.6 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 1.6 steals on 45.7 percent shooting in 29 minutes per game.
We're all used to the Bulls being cheap at this point, so it's actually a bit of a stunner to watch Chicago openly bring on Porter's weighty salary.
Porter undoubtedly improved in his first five seasons in the league, but his sixth season has seen him plateau and struggle to stay healthy. Portis turned down a contract extension last summer, and is set to become a restricted free agent this off-season.
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It sounded as though the Wizards were previously content to keep Porter.
Additionally, Porter's lack of assertiveness, absence of joy, and passive-aggressive relationships with Wall and Beal all contribute to a rather underwhelming tenure.
In Parker, the Wizards are taking a flyer on the second-overall pick from the 2014 NBA Draft who has seen his career tail off significantly as a result of two knee injuries that caused him to miss nearly 150 games over his first three seasons.
The Wizards want consequential players back.