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Report: Jazz interested in Bulls’ Jabari Parker as potential replacement for Derrick Favors

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The Utah Jazz have risen as candidates for recently demoted Chicago Bulls forward Jabari Parker, according to Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer.

Forward Derrick Favors has proven to be an awkward fit next to center Rudy Gobert, and the $16.9 million left on Favors’ contract for next season is non-guaranteed, which could make him an asset in a potential trade.

Favors can’t be traded until Jan. 15, so this could be a flip that would force the Bulls to wait for roughly a month.

This trade could suit mutual needs, as the Jazz are desperate for an offensive-minded forward like Parker, who is second on the Bulls in scoring (15.2 points) and first in rebounding (6.9 per game).

Unlike Favors, Parker doesn’t have the need to operate from the post like an old-school big and could make his living as a driving forward and spot-up option on the perimeter.

For once, Parker’s nonexistent defense won’t be called upon, given that the entire roster has learned to play defense by second nature, doing so under coach Quin Snyder.

The Bulls are looking for character and a defensive presence, two things they would get with Favors — though it would be tough to fit him in a loaded frontcourt with two franchise cogs in Lauri Markkanen and Wendell Carter Jr., not to mention an explosive bench forward in Bobby Portis.

The Jazz have all of their future picks, with the exception of a 2020 second-round pick going to the Cleveland Cavaliers, which could make it all the more enticing if the Bulls decided to roll the dice in the next calendar year.