How and When Will Otto Porter's Understandable, But Frustrating Tenure with the Bulls Come to an End? And Other Bulls Bullets

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How and When Will Otto Porter’s Understandable, But Frustrating Tenure with the Bulls Come to an End? And Other Bulls Bullets

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Don’t lie, you know this would be amazing.

  • Since Otto Porter joined the Bulls, on February 8th, 2019, he’s played only 29 of the team’s 93 games. Injury trouble has been a major setback for the veteran, especially the most recent foot injury that caused him to miss 50 straight games. While it’s often unfair to complain about a player’s injuries, it can still be incredibly frustrating. In the Bulls case, they went out of their way to bring in Porter last season, who is now – by far – the team’s highest-paid player on the roster. To his credit, he played well for a stretch last year, but he hasn’t stayed on the court long enough to prove he’s worth his number on the payroll sheet.
  • I like Porter as a player, don’t get me wrong. With his two-way talent and balanced offensive skillset, I would still consider him a solid asset for nearly any team (when healthy). However, Chicago just hasn’t been able to get what they traded for yet, and it’s fair to question whether or not they ever will. And that’s what makes his player option this summer all the more annoying. The Athletic’s John Hollinger predicted how each player or team option will go down this offseason, and to no one’s surprise, he has Porter opting into his $28.5 million contract. Sure, I think it’s very possible Porter has a solid bounce-back 2020-21 season and helps the Bulls in the process, especially when you consider he’ll be playing for a future contract, but if he doesn’t, we could look back on this free agency as another missed opportunity.
  • I know there’s pretty much nothing (or rather, nobody) exciting about this upcoming free-agent class – PLUS everyone is saving for 2021 – but it never hurts to have some available cap space. Who knows, the Bulls could bolster their bench a little or sign a couple expiring contracts that could be valuable at the trade deadline. I mean, it’s quite possible that Porter can be a trade candidate come next season too, but that money won’t be easy to move. All I’m saying is that we can probably all agree Porter isn’t a part of the team’s long-term plans, and I wouldn’t hate to see the Bulls move on from him sooner rather than later. I also think it would be quite nice to give a new front office some more cap space/flexibility this offseason (especially if the cap goes down) … but alas, I’m just dreaming out loud (in writing). Porter isn’t going anywhere.
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  • The NBA will have to make a major decision soon about whether or not to start withholding money from player’s paychecks. In the league’s CBA, there is language that allows for a small percentage to be retracted from a player’s salary for each canceled game. Sometimes all this nitty-gritty league stuff can be hard to understand, so if you’re interested in any of that, I recommend reading Bleacher Reports latest. The article kind of maps things out in layman’s terms.
  • Many owners across the NBA have wanted a later start to the NBA season that stretches into the summer, and it’s quite possible due to these circumstances, they’ll finally get to see what that’d be like.

  • I understand wanting to “dominate” the summer months (less competition with football and baseball is more regional than national). However, I do understand some of the viewership concerns. More people are out and about during June-August, so it fair to ask whether people will still feel equally inclined to stay inside and watch the games. I know that feels like a silly question … but it’s a legit one.
  • I like when the arrow goes up.

  • Thaddeus Young is thanking ESPN on behalf of all of us.


  • 10/10 recommend Benny’s podcast.

Author: Elias Schuster

Elias Schuster is the Lead Bulls Writer at Bleacher Nation. You can follow him on Twitter @Schuster_Elias.