Lakers talking Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Jabari Parker swap with Bulls
According to Brian Windhorst of ESPN, the Los Angeles Lakers and Chicago Bulls have reportedly discussed a deal which would send Kentavious Caldwell-Pope to Chicago in exchange for Jabari Parker.
Both Caldwell-Pope and Parker have been on the trade block for the past month or so.
Caldwell-Pope is making $12 million this season, the final year of his contract, while Parker is owed $20 million. The second season on Parker’s deal is a team option worth $20 million.
“[KCP] is available and has been floated out there for some spots, Windhorst said on ESPN Radio, via Bryan Kalbrosky of Hoops Hype. “One place that they have talked to, now I’m not saying this deal is going to get done, but one place they have talked to is Chicago for Jabari Parker.
“And the thing about this is Caldwell-Pope has to approve of a trade. I’m not sure that’s going to get done but that’s been discussed. The Bulls really like Caldwell-Pope. Parker could be a Laker within the next few days. Jabari is a polarizing player but he might be interesting on the Lakers.”
Parker signed a two-year deal with this hometown Bulls last summer, but his homecoming to the Windy City has been a nightmare. While Parker is averaging 14.3 points per game, he’s been atrocious on defense and has registered a bunch of DNP-Coach’s Decision’s since Jim Boylen replaced Fred Hoiberg in December.
Caldwell-Pope, meanwhile, is averaging 10.3 points this season for the Lakers. Since he’s on an expiring deal, it makes sense that the Bulls have interest in him.