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In a season many wrote off as lost before it even began, it appears the Chicago Bulls are giving up on the Jabari Parker experiment. Initially reported by K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune, the team has engaged in trade talks with several teams over the last week.
Tied with the Cleveland Cavaliers for the second-worst record in the Eastern Conference at 7-23, not many things have gone right for the Bulls thus far. The same goes for Parker, who’s seen his numbers across the board drop compared to his “best” year in 2016-17 (20 PPG to 15, 49.0 FG% to 45.5%, 36.5 3P% to 29.3). Starting three of 31 games last season with the Bucks, the team thought it would be best to part ways with the often-injured forward.
Signing a two-year, $40-million contract with Chicago via free agency this past offseason, there was optimism that Parker would be able to slide into then-head coach Fred Hoiberg’s system centered around young big Lauri Markkanen. With the aforementioned coach no longer a part of the organization, the Duke product may follow suit.
The Ringer has identified the Utah Jazz as a team expressing interest in Parker. With Derrick Favors’ spot alongside Rudy Gobert a bit complicated to explain at times, perhaps Utah is looking to make a move to rectify that situation in the form of some floor spacing at the four.
The second year of Parker’s contract is also for $20 million but includes a team option. It’s not clear what Chicago will request nor what Parker would be worth in a trade scenario but still just 23 years old, brighter days are likely ahead for a player who averaged 20 PPG just two years ago.
Stay tuned for updates as/if needed.