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Otto Porter says Wizards told him privately he wouldnt be traded before the deadline

Otto Porter says Wizards told him privately he wouldnt be traded before the deadline
Published On: Sun, Feb 10
Apr 8, 2016; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; Washington Wizards forward Otto Porter Jr. (22) looks for an open man during the first quarter against the Detroit Pistons at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

For all of his six years in the NBA, Otto Porter Jr. has worn red. Still, Chicagoa€™s vibrant, ruby-colored jersey looks a bit odd on Porter. Not just for his former Washington Wizards teammates, whom he said goodbye to this past week after getting traded before a game in Milwaukee. The new work threads shock Porter, too.

a€œIt was kind of weird,a€ Porter said of putting on a Bulls uniform. a€œStill hasna€™t hit me yet.a€

Count the Wizardsa€™ 134-125 win over the Bulls on Saturday night as more than a dress rehearsal. Porter, as well as the two players he swapped places with ahead of the trade deadline a€” Jabari Parker and Bobby Portis a€” appear to have adjusted to the fit of their new teams.

Porter, no longer the tertiary character in the Wizardsa€™ triumvirate, said he never expected to leave Washington but has elevated to become a clear-cut leader on a young Bulls team. Porter shot in volume (6 for 15 overall) on his way to 17 points.

Parker, free from Jim Boylena€™s doghouse, could not figure out why his relationship soured with the Bulls coach but can now play the position where he feels most himself. Parker started the second half in place of a hobbled forward Jeff Green (hip) and scored 20 points as a key part of a Wizards bench unit that produced a season-high 64. Washington won its second straight game since the trade and A­improved to 24-32.

a€œHea€™s a playmaker,a€ Wizards Coach Scott Brooks said of Parker. a€œWea€™re lucky to have him. He does a lot of good things for us. Wea€™re going to use him as we have used him the last couple of games. Wea€™ve been watching film on him and we feel like this is his best way to contribute to our team, being like a point forward.a€

And Portis a€” no matter which jersey he wears, he sees red on the court a€” finished with 10 points and 12 rebounds and made sure the Bulls felt his presence. In the opening quarter, Portis leveled Porter and walked past him without extending a hand to help him up. Before the buzzer, he whacked Wayne Selden Jr.a€™s layup attempt off the glass.

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