Possible Small Forward of the future Chandler Hutchison on draft night. Photo by: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
The Chicago Bulls lose to the Washington Wizards 134-125 in the first matchup after the teams traded Bobby Portis and Jabari Parker for Otto Porter. Parker’s exit was expected, but the Bulls will miss Bobby Portis now and for the future.
Chicago’s frontcourt was crowded with Lauri Markkanen, Wendell Carter Jr, Robin Lopez, Bobby Portis, and Cristiano Felicio. The decision to move one of the big men was inevitable, but patience should have been the virtue when it came to the player that was moved.
Bobby Portis was the glue that held a young team together through this circus of a season to this point. He was the last draft pick of the Tom Thibodeau era, and his hard-nosed mentality was the last of it’s kind on the roster.
Robin Lopez and Cristiano Felicio easily should have been the choices off any of the players that needed to be moved alongside Parker. Thanks to the brilliant front office of the Bulls each of the two player’s contract are too high to go with their production for teams to budge on a trade.
Unfortunately, Portis’s game as a face-up four, that can stretch the floor obviously caught the eye of the Washington Wizards. If his thirty-point debut performance off the bench is any indication, Portis may have found have a team that he can become more of a household name.
As for Jabari Parker, scheme fit really made the union of between the two, one that both sides would probably rather forget. In the end, the Wizards and the Bulls swap small forwards that fit their schemes better.
Otto Porter is more of the threat from three (38%) that Parker failed to show in his short time with the team (31%). Porter’s defensive capabilities also trump Parker’s and add a much needed long (6’8) bodied perimeter defender.
The only problem with the addition of Porter is, once Wendell Carter Jr gets back from injury, the Bulls chances of staying in the top five of the upcoming draft could be ruined. At this point of the season, the Bulls have a chance at drafting two talented small forwards in Rj Barrett or Cam Reddish out of Duke University.
The two talented players could come in and be the long-term answer to the position, compared to this short-term answer Porter presents.
Staying in the hunt for one these players should be the main priority while keeping players that have the mindset necessary to build a winning culture. Also adding Porter could stunt the growth of rookie Chandler Hutchison, that has shown some real flashes of potential from the wing.
Only time will tell if the Bulls mad the right move with this trade. Hopefully, they didn’t just mess up their chances of adding the last piece to puzzle that can get them from the bottom of the Eastern Conference.