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Wizards’ Bobby Portis ‘happy to be with a team now that really wants me’

Bobby Portis, Wizards

Bobby Portis maintains he was “blindsided” by the trade that sent him from the Chicago Bulls to the Washington Wizards, but is happy to be with a team and organization that wants him.

The Bulls traded Bobby Portis and Jabari Parker to the Wizards for Otto Porter Jr. Portis and Parker were getting ready for a game at the United Center when they found out about the trade.

“I was very disappointed,” Portis told TMZ. “I was getting ready for a game, not knowing it was gonna happen … you know, getting blindsided.

“But, I’m just happy to be with a team now that really wants me. I can’t wait to get back started.”

Portis becomes a restricted free agent this summer. He said multiple times during the season he wanted to re-sign with the Bulls and spend his entire career in Chicago.

In four games with the Wizards, Portis is averaging 19.0 points, 7.3 rebounds and 2.0 assists while shooting 53.6 percent from the field, 54.5 percent from beyond the arc and 66.7 percent from the free-throw line.

Trades are part of the NBA, and Portis got his first taste of the business side of the league. Washington is 24-34 on the season, good for 11th place in the Eastern Conference standings.

Portis and Parker will look to help the Wizards go on a playoff push during the second half of the season.