Bobby Portis reacts to Bulls saying they didn’t want to pay a backup big man
Earlier this week, the Chicago Bulls traded big man Bobby Portis to the Washington Wizards in a deal that sent wing Otto Porter Jr. to the Bulls. After the trade, the Bulls stated that they did not want to pay a backup big man, which was why they included Portis in the trade.
Portis responded to the news on Twitter in the most succinct way possible:
— Bobby BP Portis (@BPortistime) February 8, 2019
Portis has only played in 22 games this season due to a variety of injuries, but in the time he has played, he has been very productive, averaging 14.1 points and 7.3 rebounds over 24.1 minutes per game while shooting 45 percent from the floor, 37.5 percent from three-point range and 78 percent from the free-throw line.
The 23-year-old is set to enter restricted free agency this offseason and could command a rather sizable contract due to his ability to spread the floor, something that teams place heavy value on in today’s game.
Portis, who played his collegiate basketball at the University of Arkansas, was originally selected by the Bulls in the first round (22nd pick overall) of the 2015 NBA Draft.
He played in 62 games during his rookie campaign, registering seven points and 5.4 boards across 17.8 minutes a night while making 42.8 percent of his field-goal attempts, 30.8 percent of his long-distance tries and 72.7 percent of his foul shots.
Portis did not really break out until his third year in the league, when he posted 13.2 points and 6.8 rebounds through 22.5 minutes per game, connecting on 47.1 percent of his shots, 35.9 percent of his triples and 76.9 percent of his free throws.