Chicago tried to send Jabari Parker to Knicks, but New York wants 3rd team to haul in Enes Kanter
The Chicago Bulls have dangled forward Jabari Parker in trade scenarios, most recently to the New York Knicks, who are hoping to find a third team to rid themselves of Enes Kanter’s contract, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic. That third team has yet to arise, with the Bulls in no rush to part ways with Carmelo Anthony after trading for him on Tuesday.
Parker’s recent spare playing time in the last five games comes as no surprise after several healthy scratches under new coach Jim Boylen, as the Bulls look to walk back their two-year, $40 million pact made this summer.
The Chicago native has shown an inability play the small forward position efficiently or to defend at a high level in his natural power forward position, making him an odd fit for Boylen’s old-school system.
The Knicks have been eager to develop their young centers Luke Kornet and Mitchell Robinson, but Kanter is likely to wind up starting again as Kornet suffered an injury in his last game, seeing the floor for a mere six minutes before departing for good.
Kanter is still a legitimate double-double threat, but the Bulls are looking to part ways with their own center, Robin Lopez, and could use a third team to unload Kanter onto to strike a deal with the Knicks.
Both teams are in clear sell mode and could wind up with a high lottery pick at the end of this season, combining for only 21 wins this season.