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NBA rumors: Jabari Parker receiving ‘last-minute interest’ from other teams

Jabari Parker

If the Chicago Bulls think that they have Jabari Parker virtually in the bag, then they could be in for a shock.

According to Gerry Woelfl of The Journal Times, while the Bulls and Parker are seemingly headed towards an inevitable partnership, there are other teams looking to intercept that deal by showing interest in the versatile forward.

As the old line goes, it’s never over until it’s over. While all indications point toward Jabari Parker accepting an offer sheet — most likely for 2 years –from the Bulls, league sources say some other teams are now showing last-minute interest in the 23-yr-old Parker.

Parker, the second-overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, is currently a restricted free agent, though, the Milwaukee Bucks are reportedly not keen on matching any offer the former Duke Blue Devil star will get this offseason.

What Woelfl’s report also implies is that there are teams willing to invest in Parker even though the 6-foot-8 forward has suffered two ACL tears in his left knee. When healthy and in top form, Parker is a devastating offensive threat, capable of draining buckets from anywhere on the floor. He entered the league with a questionable outside shot, but he has also steadily improved his 3-point shooting over the past two seasons.

He appeared in 31 games last season for the Bucks and averaged 12.6 points and 4.9 rebounds while shooting 48.2 percent from the field and making 1.0 3-pointer a game on a 38.3 percent clip.

Should he hook up with Chicago, Parker will be forming a young core of players together with the likes of Kris Dunn, Lauri Markkanen, Wendell Carter Jr., and Zach LaVine.