Chicago native Jabari Parker, who signed a two-year, $40 million deal with his hometown Chicago Bulls in the offseason, will no longer be part of the team’s rotation, according to ESPN‘s Malika Andrews.
Parker will play Thursday against the Orlando Magic since rookie Chandler Hutchison is out. After Thursday, though, Parker will not see regular minutes.
Forward Jabari Parker will no longer be a part of the Chicago Bulls’ regular rotation, league sources told ESPN.
While he is expected to play in Thursday night’s game against the Orlando Magic in Mexico City in the absence of Chandler Hutchison, Parker will no longer see regular minutes, sources said.
The second year of Jabari Parker’s contract with the Bulls is a team option, so Thursday’s news seems to foreshadow a scenario in which Parker will become a free agent in the upcoming offseason. The former second overall pick is averaging 15.8 points, 7.1 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game this year while shooting 45.6 percent from the field, 29.3 percent from beyond the arc and 72.4 percent from the free-throw line.
While Parker has been good on offense, he has been abysmal on defense. The 23-year-old has been caught on tape not even running back in transition and it appears he saves his energy just for the offensive end.
Parker has suffered two ACL tears in his young career. The Bulls enter Thursday with a 6-22 record.