Otto Porter Jr. of the Chicago Bulls made headlines last week for the wrong reasons. However, this remains an important part of what the bulls intend to do in the 2020-21 NBA season – somehow.
Billy Donovan, Bykov’s head coach, recently spoke about the potential impact and importance of the OPJ, but there is another aspect that has not been addressed.
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The only positive thing that keeps coming out of the players’ mouths, like with Donovan, is their communication. Unlike Jim Boylan, the players seem to feel that Donovan is honest and positive towards them.
So Porter probably already heard what Donovan told the media this week straight from his new head coach.
With time running out, being healthy is definitely the most important thing for our team, Donovan said this week.
It’s clear that health is very important to Porter right now. Since police bought him in February 2019 as part of a deal with Washington magicians for Jabary Parker and Bobby Portis, the 27-year-old has played a total of 29 games.
During this period he was productive with an average of 14.8 points and 4.5 rebounds in 44% of his three-point attempts. Donovan seems to know what Porter can bring if he’s healthy, but accessibility is the best skill.
I’ve always felt that even before that, when he was in Washington, he was smart and had a very good feel for the game. He can shoot, it’s a good pass. He’s just a man who hasn’t been available since he got here.
That doesn’t sound like approval to me.
Porter seems to know that he hasn’t created a better basis with the new regime, and this week he talked about his willingness to be flexible.
I told him I’d play whatever he wanted, I’d play any moment he wanted, Porter said. It’s all up to him.
Port capacity is important for other purposes
While for Porter, he can be a perfect shot to the ground and suddenly show remarkable strength and put the right numbers for the player who has just chosen his version of the player for $28.4 million for the 2020-21 season.
In addition, I think Porter’s health and performance are more important because they keep their retail value at a high level. The police have probably already decided if Porter’s on his way. Unless they see it as a puzzle piece in the long run, it’s Donovan’s job and the front line to make sure its value remains as high as possible so that the team can put it at the disposal of a diligent opponent if it is traded.
Ideally, the bulls would probably be willing to exchange them for a design and would be willing to withdraw the relevant contract(s), which also expire at the end of the 2020-21 season.
Ideally, the bulls should be able to start Porter early, so No. 4 has the overall choice of Patrick Williams to acclimatize a little. I hope Williams gets some promising results and the chance to start the second half of the season with Chandler Hutchinson, who is still outnumbered. This would allow the bulls to turn Porter into a valuable asset that would help with the restructuring.