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Report: Wizards trading Otto Porter to Bulls for Jabari Parker, Bobby Portis

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Otto Porter is an excellent complementary player. He hits 3-pointers and spread the floor, and his and his versatile defense fits well in a team concept.

But with John Wall sidelined through at least most of next season, the Wizards lack the star power to take full advantage of Porter. After all, he needs more ball-dominant players to complement.

So, despite Wizards owner Ted Leonsis saying his team wouldn’t trade Porter, Washington is sending the 25-year-old forward to… Chicago?

Shams Charania of The Athletic:

The Bulls can’t put Porter in an ideal role, either. Lauri Markkanen is promising, but not ready to have an offense run through him. Wendell Carter might be too much of a complementary player himself to full maximize Porter. Zach LaVine is too much of a ball-stopper.

But it’s OK to get the ideal supporting player first then seek the star. Chicago’s high 2019 draft pick could yield that top-line talent.

Still, Porter inhibits the Bulls’ ability to add help. Though he can flourish in the right system, Porter is no bargain. He’s due $27,250,576 and $28,489,239 the next two seasons.

That’s why Washington wanted to dump him. With this trade, the Wizards reduce their pending luxury-tax bill by $5,481,617 and save $1,271,889 in player salaries for the rest of the season. Washington is now just $2,303,500 into the luxury tax and will probably look to dodge it entirely before tomorrow’s trade deadline. The Wizards also gain major breathing room below next season’s tax line, which looked to be a major obstacle.

Bobby Portis‘ biggest moment in the NBA was punching Nikola Mirotic in the face during practice, but Portis is still a solid young player. He’ll become a free agent this summer, and the Wizards will have the rest of the season to evaluate whether or not to make him restricted, whether or not to keep him long-term.

Jabari Parker‘s season has been a disaster. He’s talented and still carries the shine of being a former No. 2 pick. But he’s too inefficient as a scorer and doesn’t contribute enough in other areas, particularly defensively. Washington is a lock to decline his $20 million team option for next season.

In the meantime, Portis and Parker could help the depth-starved Wizards, who are still in the Eastern Conference playoff race. I doubt Washington has given up the postseason.

At least the Wizards are being realistic about where they stand for future season. Porter was a luxury they couldn’t afford.

WNBA suspends Riquna Williams 10 games for domestic violence

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NEW YORK (AP) The WNBA has suspended Los Angeles Sparks guard Riquna Williams 10 games for a domestic violence incident.

The WNBA handed down the suspension Tuesday. Williams was arrested on April 29 and charged with two felony counts, one involving the assault of an individual with whom she was in a relationship and the other involving a threat to another person with a firearm. Her criminal case is ongoing.

The league conducted its own investigation and consulted with a panel of experts in the field of domestic violence. Among other factors, the WNBA said it took into account the nature and seriousness of the allegations, including the involvement of a gun.

The WNBA also will require Williams to participate in counseling.

Williams’ suspension will begin with Thursday’s game against the Dallas Wings.

Report: Bulls signing Luke Kornet for guaranteed $4.5M over two years

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Just three 7-footers have averaged 3.5 3-pointers per game and made 35% of them each of the last two seasons:

The Bulls will now have most of them.

Markkanen is Chicago’s top young player. Kornet will join him with the Bulls next season.

Shams Charania of The Athletic:

I’m a little surprised Kornet got more than his minimum ($3,383,360 over two years). But it’s worth taking a flier on him.

In addition to his outside shooting, Kornet has shown good timing as a shot-blocker in two seasons with the Knicks. The 24-year-old must get stronger and improve as a rebounder to play major minutes.

But the Bulls won’t have to press him into action. They also have Thaddeus Young, Markkanen, Wendell Carter Jr., Daniel Gafford and Cristiano Felicio as bigs.

Pistons claim Christian Wood off waivers

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The Bucks waived Christian Wood late last season to ensure avoiding the luxury tax. The Pelicans claimed him. Wood had played well in limited minutes with the 76ers, Hornets and Bucks and in the NBA’s minor league since going undrafted in 2015.

New Orleans gave him his biggest opportunity yet. In 24 minutes per game over eight games, he averaged 17 points and eight rebounds.

But the Pelicans filled their roster for next season and waived Wood.

Detroit will take advantage.

Pistons release:

The Detroit Pistons announced today that the team has claimed forward/center Christian Wood off waivers.

Wood’s $1,645,357 minimum salary is unguaranteed until the regular season. So, Detroit could still waive him before the season. But it seems he’ll at least go to training camp and get a shot at a regular-season roster spot.

The Pelicans also could’ve kept him through the preseason then waived him before the regular season. They seemingly did him a favor of allowing him to get somewhere he has a realistic chance of sticking.

Blake Griffin and Andre Drummond will start in the frontcourt for the Pistons. Markieff Morris and Thon Maker appear to be first in line is backups.

But don’t be surprised if Wood earns playing time. At minimum, the 23-year-old should provide nice depth at both power forward and center.

The Pistons have also now acquired four members of last year’s Bucks – Tony Snell, Thon Maker, Tim Frazier and now Wood.

Knicks: Reggie Bullock has spine injury

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Reggie Bullock had his agreed-upon salary cut by more than half with the Knicks. He’ll reportedly miss at least a month of the regular season.

All because of a mysterious health issue.

The Knicks have finally disclosed what’s happening.

Knicks release:

Reggie Bullock underwent successful surgery today at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York for a cervical disc herniation. The team will plan to provide an update on his rehab and progress around the start of training camp.

Bullock is a good shooter from the wing. New York could use him. Many teams could use him.

But Bullock must get healthy first.

At this point, we probably shouldn’t expect much from him any time soon. The best indication: how eagerly his agent praised the Knicks for their handling of this situation. Again, Bullock settled for less than half his initially agreed-upon salary.