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Report: Otto Porter Jr. opting into contract for 2020-21 season

Bulls SF decides to opt into contract with Chicago for 2020-21 season.

Chicago Bulls forward Otto Porter Jr. shoots in the second half against the Cleveland Cavaliers at United Center. Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Bulls SF Otto Porter Jr. will opt into his player option for the 2020-21 season, Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes reported late Sunday evening. Porters is set to make $28.4 million in the final year of his deal, which he signed while with the Washington Wizards. The Bulls acquired Porter in a trade with the Wizards in February of 2019.

Porter didn’t play much in 2019-20 due to a nagging foot injury that required surgery. He only played 14 games, averaging 11.9 points in the process. The Bulls could look to move Porter as an expiring contract before the trade deadline, which has yet to be determined for 2020-21. Chicago will select No. 4 overall in the 2020 NBA Draft on Wednesday night. The Bulls are expected to look to add a wing depending on who is available after the first three picks.

If Porter does stick around, there’s a decent shot he’ll land in the starting lineup for the Bulls under new coach Billy Donovan. When healthy, Porter is one of the better two-way forwards in the NBA. He can do a little bit of everything and the Bulls surely missed his presence on the court during 2019-20, failing to make the playoffs again. It also helps that Porter is entering a contract year, so he should be extra motivated to get out there and prove himself. That could be the perfect storm under Donovan, who is a great motivator and has gotten the most out of his players throughout his coaching career in the NCAA and NBA.

Rob Schaefer of NBC Sports Chicago has some details on the Bulls’ cap situation. It’s another reason why Chicago could look to trade Porter at some point to free up cap space. The Bulls can get about $35 million off the books if they can find a home for Porter and Cristiano Felicio’s $7 million salary. That would go a long way in getting an extension ready for C Wendell Carter Jr and PF Lauri Markkanen.