Bobby Portis was emotional upon hearing Bulls traded him to Wizards
According to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune, Portis — who has said multiple times he wanted to spend his entire NBA career in Chicago — was very emotional about the trade.
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
The Bulls traded Bobby Portis and Jabari Parker to Washington for small forward Otto Porter. Portis becomes a restricted free agent this summer. The big man said before the season started he couldn’t see himself playing for another organization.
Now, the 23-year-old will play in the nation’s capital for a Wizards team which is trying to make the playoffs.
In 22 games this season for Chicago, Portis averaged 14.1 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 1.3 assists per contest while shooting 45.0 percent from the field, 37.5 percent from beyond the arc, and 78.0 percent from the free-throw line. He has missed time this season due to a knee and ankle injury.
The Bulls drafted Portis with the 22nd overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft out of the University of Arkansas. He famously punched former teammate Nikola Mirotic in the face last season during training camp. Mirotic suffered multiple facial fractures. The Bulls suspended Portis for eight games.
Portis finishes his Bulls career with averages of 9.7 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 1.1 assists in 221 games.