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Report: Bobby Portis rejected Bulls extension worth $40M-$50M

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JANUARY 29: Bobby Portis #5 of the Chicago Bulls reacts after a call during the fourth quarter of the game against the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center on January 29, 2019 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)

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The Bulls traded Bobby Portis to the Wizards as part of the Otto Porter deal shortly before the trade deadline.

But not before trying to keep Portis in Chicago long-term.

K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune:

There’s plenty of variability within those reported teams. How many years? What accounts for the difference between the $40 million and $50 million. Fully guaranteed? Options?

But it was probably the max-allowable four years. Most extensions like that are fully guaranteed for at least the first three seasons.

Even if it were just $40 million over four years with only three years fully guaranteed, I would have advised Portis to take the offer. That’s life-changing money for someone who has earned only $6,855,506 in his first four seasons. Restricted free agency is too risky to pass on an offer like that.

Portis’ production has slipped slightly this season. He’s still a fine player, but I doubt he gets $10 million annually in free agency, let alone the $16 million he’s reportedly seeking.

Getting traded hurts Portis. Washington doesn’t have nearly the same attachment to him as Chicago, which drafted him.

Portis’ qualifying offer next summer (assuming the Wizards extend it) will be $3,611,813. That number could be quite relevant.

Meanwhile, Portis is tweeting:

I respect Portis’ determination. Getting traded could push him to be even better.

But he has a way to go to get the money he wants.