The Bulls have traded Jabari Parker, Bobby Portis and a 2023 2nd round draft pick to the Washington Wizards for Otto Porter Jr.
Porter Jr. is a wing player, a position of need for the Bulls, who plays strong defense and shoots the 3 ball very well. He is definitely a good player to have on the Bulls. He is under a large contract for the next two seasons. He is owed nearly $60 million over the next two years, making him the second highest paid athlete in Chicago behind Cubs pitcher Jon Lester (and maybe third, if the White Sox ever sign Manny Machado).
With a contract that size it means the Bulls will not be able to sign a superstar to a max contract this summer. The good news is, with the salary cap projected to rise over the next two seasons, the Bulls are only slightly handicapping themselves in free agency. The contract probably won’t turn out to be as bad as it appears at first blush. The front office will have nearly $20 million to work with this summer, barring any other salary shaving moves they might make.
With the two most tradable Bulls players now gone, some questions remain; will the Bulls be able to trade Robin Lopez? Are they still listening to offers for Zach LaVine and Kris Dunn? Are they still looking for point guard depth?
I will write another post for this Friday focusing on Portis, Parker, and any other moves the Bulls make. Thanks for reading and Go Bulls!