Having a team option next season, the Bulls had been entertaining trade offers for Parker from the Dallas Mavericks recently but talks fizzled on a potential deal, sources said. Parker, also 23, has averaged 14.3 points and 6.2 rebounds per game in 39 appearances with 17 starts. With Porter, Kelly Oubre and Austin Rivers now gone, the Wizards now only have to worry about getting rid of Wall and his massive contract.
Parker's first and only season with the Bulls was a massive disappointment.
He is averaging 12.6 points, 5.6 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.6 steals in 29.0 minutes in 41 games (28 starts) this season, shooting 45.7 percent from the field, 36.9 percent from the 3-point line and 76.6 percent from the free-throw line. In return, Washington will take on Jabari Parker and Bobby Portis. Porter's poor fit with the Wizards, however, was hard to disguise. Others told the site that Wall would have been pleased if Porter was moved earlier in the season, when the team started 2-9.
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The team is still giving off the impression that it wants to keep its core together, which is nothing new. But during that time, not much trading has actually gone down.
In Parker, the Wizards are taking a flyer on the second-overall pick from the 2014 NBA Draft who has seen his career tail off significantly as a result of two knee injuries that caused him to miss nearly 150 games over his first three seasons.
Wall, the face of the franchise, will surely scratch, claw, fight, and relentlessly rehab in efforts to come back an effective player. It wants to make the playoffs.