Jabari Parker wants to play for his hometown Chicago Bulls (Report)
Jabari Parker’s future is uncertain, but he may be destined for a Bulls uniform. According to Vincent Goodwill of NBC Sports Chicago, sources close to Parker are saying that the Duke University product wants to be a Bull.
The former second overall pick has spent four seasons with the Milwaukee Bucks. Much of his time in Milwaukee has been plagued by injuries, but the 23-year-old is eager to prove any doubters wrong next season.
Parker’s averaged 15.3 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game for his career. While these are solid numbers, his potential is even greater than the numbers would dictate.
In his rookie season, he only played 25 games before succumbing to injury. He played 76 games and 51 games the following two seasons. But again, during the 2017-18 season, he was limited to just 31 games.
Health concerns are the number one concern for Parker. It’s unclear how much the Bulls, or any team for that matter, are willing to shell out for an injury-riddled player who has yet to live up to the hype.
But perhaps a change of scenery would be exactly what Parker needs. The Chicago native clearly wants to become a Bull and maybe returning home is exactly what the forward needs to jumpstart his career.
But the feeling may not be mutual. The Bulls recently inked Zach LaVine, another injury prone player, to a four-year $80 million deal. It’s unclear whether or not Chicago is willing to offer decent money for another player who has yet to prove he can stay healthy for consecutive seasons.