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Reeling Wizards losing more than games

February 07, 2019 - 9:54 am
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By Austin Medina  

Just an hour-drive away from Baltimore, the Washington Wizards (22-32) have been in a downward spiral.

Washington visited Milwaukee and were blown out 148-129 Wednesday night.

In the embarrassing loss the Wizards were, in fairness, without a few players.

With the NBA Trade Deadline closing at 3 pm Thursday afternoon, the Wizards made a few moves already to set up the future.

First, Washington traded forward Otto Porter Jr. to the Chicago Bulls in exchange for forward Jabari Parker and center Bobby Portis.

The former number three overall pick Porter Jr. signed a four-year, $106.5 million contract in 2017. Although the Wizards flashed the green, Porter Jr. never lived up to his contract. He is currently averaging 12.6 points, 5.6 rebounds on just under 46% shooting.

In return, Washington received Jabari Parker, a former second-overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, along with Portis. Both players should provide quality minutes in their new city, but the trade cleared a ton of cap space for the Wizards. Parker and Portis have expiring contracts, while the Bulls will now pay Porter Jr. more than $45 million over the next two seasons.

The Wizards weren’t done trading. Shortly after the loss, Washington traded wing Markieff Morris to the Pelicans in exchange for Wesley Johnson. Morris has been a valuable piece since joining the Wizards in 2016.

Earlier this week star point guard John Wall tore his Achilles and is expected to miss the next 12 months.

With both trades, Washington have dropped below the luxury tax. Moving forward with a better cap situation, the Wizards will have more opportunities to give star Bradley Beal help.

The NBA Trade Deadline closes today at 3 pm.