Report: Bulls talking Jabari Parker trade
The Bulls are reportedly pulling Jabari Parker from their regular rotation.
That might spell the end of Parker in Chicago.
K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune:
Bulls have engaged in talks with several teams regarding Jabari Parker, per sources. There’s considerable interest in Parker the player. Finding right fit financially is next.— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) December 14, 2018
Parker is having a dismal season. His defense has been as advertised. He’s shooting a lot and inefficiently and turning the ball over too much.
He’s also earning $20 million this season, which will make matching salary in a trade difficult.
At least Parker is on a de facto expiring contract. (His $20 million team option for next season will surely be declined.) His contract could help facilitate a trade. Maybe the Bulls deal him for an unwanted player with a multi-year guarantee plus sweeteners. Chicago is far enough from winning that punting 2019 cap space for draft picks and young players makes sense.
Parker is just 23 and talented. While his expiring contract is likely to be the central appeal of any trade, his potential is higher than the typical player in such a deal. That only helps his value.
The Bulls won’t get much for Parker. He’s not even good enough to play on their lousy team. But both sides are probably ready to move on, and maybe they can make it happen.
Parker and his agent know how to work their way out of undesirable situations.