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Jabari Parker could wind up with Bulls, Kings in sign-and-trade

Jabari Parker

The Milwaukee Bucks have reportedly moved on from Jabari Parker, who they once drafted with the second overall pick, hoping he could be the face of the franchise.

Two ACL surgeries later and Parker is seldom mentioned as part of the organization’s future plans, according to Gery Woelfel of The Racine Journal Times.

Teams like the Sacramento Kings and the Chicago Bulls have roughly $20 million in cap space and could make a run for Parker, at that is roughly the annual amount he is seeking this offseason.

“Some NBA observers speculate Chicago would be the ideal spot for Parker, who was born and raised there and become a local legend after a phenomenal prep career which included four straight state championships.”

Rumblings in Las Vegas say a potential sign-and-trade deal could happen this summer, as teams look to secure the last few free agents available for the taking.

“This could happen sooner than later,’’ said an official attending the NBA Summer League, per Woelfel.

The Atlanta Hawks have by far the most available cap space at $24 million, but in the midst of a full-on rebuild, they’re unlikely to pursue high-ticket assets like Jabari Parker.

An NBA executive claimed the Bulls are “most definitely’’ interested in acquiring the Chicago native, while the Kings are desperately looking for a clear No. 1 scorer to pair with their second overall selection in Marvin Bagley III.

If all the rumors clear the smoke, it won’t be long before the 22-year-old dons a different uniform.

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