Bobby Portis was traded by the Chicago Bulls to the Washington Wizards on Wednesday, and he finds Chicago’s reason for the trade to be laughable.
The Bulls traded Portis and Jabari Parker to Washington for Otto Porter, who is still owed $55 million over the next two seasons. Washington made the trade because they are looking to cut costs; Parker and Portis can be let go after the season.
So why did Chicago trade a valuable piece like Portis? Bulls President of Basketball Operations John Paxson said it was because the team was hesitant to spend money on a backup big man when they had another hole to fill. Portis saw that tweet and responded with an “Lol”, which is an acronym for “laughing out loud.”
— Bobby BP Portis (@BPortistime) February 8, 2019
Portis was described by teammates as a leader in the locker room, which explains why he was shocked by the trade. Now he goes from one tanking team to another, but at least he may have a chance to leave after the season as a restricted free agent.
Bobby Portis was traded to by the Chicago Bulls to the Washington Wizards on Wednesday, and the deal seems to have caught him by surprise.
Portis was acquired by Washington along with Jabari Parker in exchange for Otto Porter in a salary dump by Washington. The Athletic’s Darnell Mayberry says Portis looked “shellshocked.”
Bobby Portis just left the United Center. All he had with him was a small Louis Vuitton backpack on his back, a pair of shoes and a Bulls jersey. He looked shellshocked.
— Darnell Mayberry (@DarnellMayberry) February 7, 2019
Why was he so surprised? He was just getting ready to play in the Bulls’ game against the New Orleans Pelicans. He also apparently had just expressed his affection for Chicago and desire to stay with the team long term.
Portis just left the United Center. As recently as yesterday, he talked about wanting to be a Bull long-term. Observers said he looked emotional.
— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) February 7, 2019
Portis will be a restricted free agent after the season and is probably going to get a nice contract somewhere. The question becomes whether the Wizards match an offer he receives elsewhere.
The Washington Wizards were looking to trade Otto Porter and have found a taker in the Chicago Bulls.
The Wizards dealt Porter to the Bulls for Bobby Portis and Jabari Parker on Wednesday, as first reported by The Athletic’s Shams Charania.
Porter is in the second season of a four-year, $106 million deal that the Wizards matched after he signed an offer sheet with Brooklyn in the summer of 2017. He is making $26 million this season, $27.2 million next season, and has a player option for $28.4 million the season after that, which he would likely pick up.
Porter will instantly become Chicago’s highest-paid player. Parker is making $20 million this season and has a team option at $20 million for next season that Washington would likely decline. He has been in and out of the Bulls’ rotation this season. Portis is set to become a restricted free agent, so either Washington has desires about signing him long term or they wouldn’t mind losing both players after the season.
Washington recently learned that John Wall suffered a torn Achilles’ tendon, which not only has thrown off their plans for this season but also next season. It makes sense for them to start tearing things down somewhat while Wall is out.
David Aldridge added some other motivations for Washington making this deal:
Wizards now out of luxury tax jail/potential repeater taxes. Which none of you care about, and shouldn’t. But dealing Porter for Parker’s $20M (team option for next year) gives Washington opportunity to re-sign Satoransky and/or Bryant. The only reason this would make sense.
— David Aldridge (@davidaldridgedc) February 7, 2019
Bobby Portis is the latest member of the injury-ravaged Chicago Bulls to be sidelined.
Portis is expected to miss 4-6 weeks with an MCL sprain, according to ESPN 1000’s Malika Andrews.
Bobby Portis has been diagnosed w/ an MCL sprain and will be out 4-6 weeks, per sources. Other Bulls injuries: Lauri Markkanen, elbow (out 6-8 wks from Sept. 27th injury). Kris Dunn, MCL (4-6 wks from Oct. 22). Denzel Valentine, ankle (set to be re-evaluated 2 wks from Oct. 20).
— Malika Andrews (@malika_andrews) October 25, 2018
Portis, 23, was averaging 10.5 points and 10.0 rebounds per game this season. He is the fourth member of the team currently hurt. Lauri Markkanen has been out due to an elbow injury; Kris Dunn is out with an MCL injury; and Denzel Valentine is still dealing with an ankle injury.
The Bulls are 1-3 and have been paced by Zach LaVine, who is averaging 32.3 points per game.
The Bulls will reportedly discuss extending the contract of Bobby Portis after this season.
Portis’ season got off to an inauspicious start as he was involved in an incident with then-teammate Nikola Mirotic in October that resulted in Mirotic suffering facial fractures. Portis was subsequently suspended by the Bulls for eight games.
Since Mirotic’s trade to the Pelicans, Portis has stepped up his game and shown the kind of development that may keep him in Chicago beyond next season. According to NBC Sports Chicago, a contract extension for Portis will be discussed by the organization this summer.
Portis, 23, is in his third season after being selected No. 22 overall in the 2015 NBA Draft. In 53 games this season, he is averaging career-highs in points (13.2) and rebounds (6.5) while shooting 48 percent from the floor and 35 percent from behind the three-point line.
Securing Portis now, if they choose to go that route, could save the Bulls the money down the road. If Portis becomes a restricted free agent, it may cost Chicago more money to match another team’s offer should his development continue on an upward trajectory.
Nikola Mirotic dropped an interesting, well-timed tweet on Thursday night that has many wondering whether he was trolling his former team and teammate.
Mirotic is now with the New Orleans Pelicans after being traded there by the Chicago Bulls earlier this month. His team was off on Thursday, but the Bulls played. In fact, they blew a lead and lost to the Philadelphia 76ers 116-115.
Not only did the Bulls lose, but the defeat came on a night when Bobby Portis scored a career-high 38 points.
Right around the time the game ended, Mirotic tweeted the following, which included a shrugging emoji:
— Nikola Mirotic (@threekola) February 23, 2018
The tweet was not lost on Bulls fans, who recognized it may have been about Mirotic’s former team.
You better chill before Portis hits you with another combo
— Stan Van Dummy #FreeLuke (@ItsDetroitSZN) February 23, 2018
That was a reference to Portis punching Mirotic during training camp, which sent Mirotic to the hospital with broken bones in his face. Maybe Mirotic gets a small measure of satisfaction watching his former team lose. Or maybe his tweet had nothing to do with them at all.
H/T Bro Bible
Chicago Bulls forward Bobby Portis was not taking criticism of his Saturday ejection lying down.
Portis was ejected from the Bulls’ game against the Washington Wizards on Saturday for a hard foul on Tomas Satoransky. Understandably, Satoransky’s teammates were not pleased with the foul. Veteran guard Jodie Meeks was quick to criticize Portis for the potentially dangerous play after the game.
Wizards guard Jodie Meeks on Bobby Portis' flagrant-2 in which Tomas Satoransky was hurt: “If a guy has a clear lane to the basket, if you can’t get there, let him go, don’t try to take him out. Obviously, not everybody abides by those rules.”
— Cody Westerlund (@CodyWesterlund) February 11, 2018
On Sunday, Portis saw Meeks’s comments and did not take them well, to say the least.
— Bobby BP Portis (@BPortistime) February 11, 2018
You can see for yourself and be the judge of what Portis’s intent was, but it’s hard to argue with the Flagrant 2 that he was assessed. You can understand why the Wizards were aggrieved, whatever the aim was.