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REPORT: Knicks and Pelicans have interest in Bulls’ Jabari Parker

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The New York Knicks have long been rumored to be interested in Chicago Bulls small forward Jabari Parker, but we can now add another team to the mix.

According to Sean Deveney of Sporting News, the New Orleans Pelicans are also interested in trading for Jabari Parker, who has been on the trade block for almost a month now.

The Knicks and Pelicans have interest in Parker, according to league sources, but Chicago would not be willing to take back Courtney Lee from New York or Solomon Hill from New Orleans, making a three-team deal the only way Parker could wind up in either spot.

Jabari Parker signed a two-year, $40 million deal with his hometown Bulls last summer, but his homecoming to Chicago has been a nightmare.

Although he has played in the last three games, there was a stretch of nine games where Jabari Parker didn’t see action due to a DNP-CD. It is widely known that Bulls head coach Jim Boylen isn’t the biggest fan of Parker due to his lack of effort on the defensive end.

The Pelicans have been rumored to be wanting to upgrade their swingman position for a while. While Jabari Parker certainly has his flaws on defense, the former No. 2 overall pick can score the ball at a high level. Parker is averaging 14.8 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game this season while shooting 46.2 percent from the field and 31.4 percent from beyond the arc.