Jabari Parker is happy to see Bucks start strong
Though he’s no longer a member of the Milwaukee Bucks organization, Chicago Bulls power forward Jabari Parker says he’s happy to see his former team doing well through the early stages of this season.
The Bucks rescinded their $4.3 million qualifying offer to Parker back in July, which allowed the Chicago native to become an unrestricted free agent. The former No. 2 overall pick later signed a two-year, $40 million deal with the Bulls with a team option on his second season — a deal that worked out fairly well for all sides involved.
Milwaukee is off to a great start this season. In fact, the Bucks are currently holding a 10-4 record. Parker says he loves to see his former teammates playing well.
“Those are my guys,” Parker told K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune. “I love to see them do well. I’m happy for them. It’s very good.”
Parker’s love for his teammates in Milwaukee should come as no surprise. He was active in the community and has a deep respect for the Bucks’ medical staff, who helped him rehabilitate from two separate ACL injuries.
Parker has played fairly well for Chicago through the early stages of this season. In his 15 appearances with the team, the former Duke Blue Devil has racked up averages of 14.7 points on 44.3 percent shooting from the field (26.5 percent from beyond the arc), 6.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 30.7 minutes per outing.
The Bulls will be back in action on Friday night, when they’ll travel to Milwaukee to face Parker’s former team. Tip-off is set for 9:30 p.m. EST with ESPN having live broadcast coverage.