Bulls GM Gar Forman calls Jabari Parker ‘a natural fit’
Jabari Parker is returning home to Chicago to play for his hometown Bulls. It feels right. In fact, it feels like a great fit for the player and organization.
Bulls general manager Gar Forman went as far as to call the Parker signing “a natural fit.” He told Darnell Mayberry of The Athletic:
“Jabari is a 23-year-old player who is a natural fit with our young core and is a proven scorer at the NBA level. We look forward to welcoming him back to his hometown.”
Forman is clearly excited about signing the former second-overall pick, but he may be underselling this a bit. The Bulls and Parker are presented with an excellent opportunity in this contract.
The Bulls receive a young player with a mountain of upside while Parker is getting a chance to prove that he can stay healthy for a full season.
The Bulls have a team option on the second year of Parkers two-year, $40 million deal. How he performs in year one will play a big factor in what the Bulls decide to do next offseason. If he performs well, they could pick up his option and let him play out the season without a long-term deal. If Parker plays poorly—or gets injured—they could cut bait with him and move forward.
But perhaps Parker finally lives up to his original potential and becomes a stud. Then the Bulls will have the opportunity to ink the hometown player to a long-term deal.
On the court, Parker will provide the Bulls with a much-needed scoring presence, but the term “natural fit” extends far past the court. Parker is a perfect fit for the Bulls because of where he and the organization are situated.