The John Wall injury changed the Washington Wizards’ direction at the NBA trade deadline.
Knowing they will be without Wall until at least February of 2020, the Wizards traded Otto Porter Jr. to the Chicago Bulls for Bobby Portis, Jabari Parker and a conditional 2023 second-round draft pick, two people with direct knowledge of the deal told USA TODAY Sports.
The people requested anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the deal until it was announced by the teams.
For the Wizards, who are 22-31 and in 10th place in the East before Wednesday’s game, this is their attempt to shed salary and reset their direction.
Wall was out for the season after undergoing surgery on his left foot. But last week, Wall slipped at home and ruptured his Achilles. Instead of missing 6-8 months, he will is out at least a year. Yes, Wizards owner Ted Leonsis just said he wanted to keep Wall, Beal and Porter, but that was before the latest Wall injury news.
Porter is in the second year of a four-year, $106.5 million contract. He is owed $27.2 million in 2019-20 and $28.4 million in 2020-2021.
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Parker is owed $20 million next season, but it’s a team option on the deal so expect the Wizards to decline that option in their attempt to reduce payroll. Portis is on a team friendly rookie deal.
The Bulls, who are rebuilding, get a two-way player in the 25-year-old Porter who can shoot 3-pointers and defend. He’s not a ball-dominant player so he can fit into any offense.