Heading into the 2018-19 season, the Wizards owed Porter more than $81 million after he signed a four-year, $106 million deal before the 2017-18 season. 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. His 3-point percentage is down more than seven percentage points to a pedestrian 36.9 percent. Porter was always overpaid on his current contract, which runs through 2020-21 with a player option, but he was valuable to a healthy, full-bore Washington team as a versatile third wheel for Wall and Bradley Beal. Parker landed on the second unit but didn't showcase much defensive effort early in the season. Without knocking Porter specifically, the ceiling for this move is rather limited. The 23-year-old Portis is averaging career highs in points (14.1), rebounds (7.3) and 3-point shooting (37.5 percent). Parker was unhappy anyway, but hanging onto him would have at least created cap space and given Chicago financial flexibility this summer. Did the Wizards get enough for a two-way player of Porter's standing?
Amid its struggles, Chicago is looking to become more competitive to create a better culture for its younger core and possibly become more attractive for free agents down the line. The fact that they had to surrender a second-rounder in a deal that absolves the Wizards of financial dirty laundry feels wholly unnecessary. Washington was set to be repeat offenders of the luxury tax, but this trade now moves them closer out of it. There's still a chance the team can make the postseason and the additions of Portis and Parker will surely help.