Jabari Parker’s deal with Bulls likely for two years, $40 million
Jabari Parker is set to cash in on free agency after it’s become clear that he won’t be returning to the Milwaukee Bucks. By all accounts, it appears Parker will land in his hometown team — the Chicago Bulls. According to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune, Parker is close to landing a contract rumored to be in the range of a two-year $40 million deal.
The Bulls have not been afraid to open the checkbook thus far this offseason. After inking restricted free agent, Zach LaVine to a four-year $78 million deal, the Bulls are expected to use the similar money to sign Parker. Of course, Parker’s deal is expected to only be for two years, but the point remains. The Bulls are spending money this offseason.
But the question is, are they spending their money wisely? LaVine and Parker are both young players with tremendous upside. Then again, they are both young players with a history of injury problems.
These deals could backfire if either—if not both—players remain injury prone.
The Bulls are hoping that LaVine and Parker can stay healthy. These two players, combined with an intriguing young core, will make for an interesting Bulls squad. They may not be very good, but they’ll be exciting to watch. Kris Dunn, Wendell Carter Jr., and Lauri Markkanen are all young players looking to break out.
Perhaps with LaVine and Parker in tow for a full season, these Bulls could surprise people in a diluted Eastern Conference.