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Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg raves about Jabari Parker addition

Fred Hoiberg, Jabari Parker

Chicago Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg is in an understandably festive mood after the team successfully signed four-year forward Jabari Parker to a two-year $40 million deal.

Upon the addition of the unrestricted free agent, Hoiberg shared his thoughts on the deal with Darnell Mayberry of The Athletic.

“We feel really good about it,” said the head coach. “It’s a guy that is a proven scorer in this league. I think he’s got a lot of versatility in his game. He can play multiple positions. He can play both forward spots. He’s a guy defensively that, with looking at the different ways that we played, experimenting these last couple of weeks, you can do some of that with Jabari on that end.”

After four seasons in Milwaukee, Jabari Parker has decided that it was time to move on. He leaves behind a Giannis Antetokounmpo-led team that is looking to be a championship contender in the very near future, to join a Bulls squad that finished last season with a 27-55 record.

Nonetheless, Hoiberg believes that Parker is a perfect fit for the Bulls and that the 23-year-old has all the tools necessary to help lift Chicago this year.

“And then he’s had success from all over the floor as far as a scorer,” added Hoiberg. “He’s great in transition. He’ll fit in very well with the way we want to play as far as getting up and down the floor with pace. He’s a guy that finishes above the rim. And he’s really improved his 3-point shot over the course of his career. I think all across the board it’s a really good fit for us.”

In the 2016-17 season, Parker had a breakout year with the Bucks averaging 20.1 points on 49% shooting, 6.2 rebounds, 2.8 assists, and 1.0 steals per contest. An unfortunate ACL injury cut that year short, and he never really found his form when he returned to the court last season.

For the Bulls, they are definitely hoping that they signed the vintage Parker who easily dropped 20 points on any given night.