New Orleans Pelicans

Wizards trade Otto Porter Jr. to Bulls, Markieff Morris to Pelicans in shake-up before deadline

Wizards trade Otto Porter Jr. to Bulls, Markieff Morris to Pelicans in shake-up before deadline

The first dominoes have fallen in the wake of the news of John Wall’s extended absence: The Wizards are breaking up what many believed to be their core for years to come, trading Otto Porter Jr. Wednesday night to the Chicago Bulls for Jabari Parker and Bobby Portis.

A few hours after Porter was dealt, the team sent injured forward Markieff Morris and a 2023 second-round pick to the New Orleans Pelicans for Wesley Johnson.

Porter, a 6-foot-8 forward, was set to play in the Wizards’ game here against the Milwaukee Bucks when he received word of the deal. Players were shocked when Coach Scott Brooks broke the news to the locker room, announcing that team president Ernie Grunfeld...

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