Bobby Portis was one of the players the New York Knicks signed after they missed out on superstar free agents Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, and the former first-round pick says his new team should have known it would have plenty of extra money to spend this summer.
Portis signed a two-year, $31 million deal with the Knicks not long after free agency began. The Knicks showed interest in him early on, and he knew they would have the cap space to sign him. Why? According to the 6-foot-11 forward, it was the worst-kept secret in the NBA that Durant and Irving were heading to Brooklyn.
“I knew what was gonna happen in February,” Portis said, via Mike Vorkunov of The Athletic. “We all knew that (Durant and Kyrie Irving would go to Brooklyn). Everybody knew that. I just don’t think the media knew that. Us basketball players, we all knew that.”
Portis said he is not going to reveal his source but added “we all know where they were going.”
Players around the NBA talk, and it was probably quite obvious that Durant and Irving were committed to playing together. One player who is better than Kyrie even tried to recruit Durant and had no luck, so that says a lot. Irving also seemed 100 percent committed to the Nets from the start. Put all of that together and you have two guys who are headed to Brooklyn.
Dwyane Wade’s homecoming to Chicago never worked out the way he and the Bulls envisioned.
After 13 seasons with the Miami Heat, Wade signed with his hometown team on a 2-year deal. He was excited about playing for Chicago, and they were thrilled to get a perennial All-Star. But Wade’s tenure with the team was brief and did not go well.
Wade was said to be at odds with many of his younger teammates, with the young guys upset over Wade’s practice habits. Now we’re learning that one of those players was Bobby Portis.
The New York Post’s Marc Berman wrote a feature on Portis, who has joined the Knicks in free agency. In the article, Berman says that the Bulls had a meeting after a loss in which Wade said the team didn’t play hard enough. Berman says Portis challenged Wade in response, saying that Wade wasn’t practicing hard enough.
That fills in a big blank.
Back in January 2017, Wade and Jimmy Butler called out their young teammates after a loss to the Hawks. They had a meeting after that and Taj Gibson revealed young players wanted Wade to practice harder. Rajon Rondo even seemed to call Wade and/or Jimmy Butler out on Instagram. Now we know Portis was one of the young players who challenged Wade on the point.
It was actually that friction that led to Wade’s buyout before the next season. A report later that summer said the Bulls’ younger players hated Wade.
Of course, on the other side, Portis did hospitalize Nikola Mirotic from their practice fight, so he hasn’t exactly been a model teammate either.
Bobby Portis will likely have no shortage of suitors in free agency and will be looking for some big money.
Portis will be a restricted free agent this summer if the Washington Wizards extend him a qualifying offer as expected. The Athletic’s Tony Jones reported on Tuesday that Portis will be seeking as much as $16 million (per season) in free agency. The Wizards would not be expected to match an offer sheet for him on such terms.
Reporting with @FredKatz: Washington Wizards forward Bobby Portis is seeking as much as $16 million in free agency, League Sources tell The Athletic. The Wizards aren't expected to match a huge offer sheet. Portis has interest from multiple teams on the market, sources say
— Tony Jones (@Tjonesonthenba) June 25, 2019
Jones is a Utah Jazz reporter and previously reported that Portis has interest in signing with the Jazz.
Portis, 24, averaged 14.2 points and 8.1 rebounds per game last season, split with Chicago and Washington. He offers outside shooting too and made 39.3 percent of his threes.
The Jazz have a $16.9 million team option on Derrick Favors that they could decline and then use the money on Portis. It’s a tricky decision for a squad that intends to seriously compete in the West after pulling off a trade for Mike Conley last week.
Bobby Portis has improved his game in each of his first four NBA seasons, and there should be no shortage of interest in him when he becomes a restricted free agent next month. The Washington Wizards will be able to match any offer the big man receives, but does he want them to?
Tony Jones of The Athletic reports that Portis has interest in signing with the Utah Jazz.
Hearing Bobby Portis has significant interest in coming to the Utah Jazz. Portis is a restricted free agent for the Washington Wizards. He’s a power forward/center who is a good perimeter shooter. Eight days until free agency starts
— Tony Jones (@Tjonesonthenba) June 22, 2019
Portis was traded to Washington from the Chicago Bulls at the February deadline last year, and he was very consistent for the Wizards down the stretch. He averaged 14.3 points and 8.6 rebounds per game after the deal, so it would stand to reason that Washington would like to keep him around.
The Wizards are hoping to sign Bradley Beal to a massive extension this offseason, though he may have incentive to turn it down. If he does agree to sign a new deal, Portis may price his way out of Washington.
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