Report: Lakers, Jazz have inquired on Bulls’ Jabari Parker
The NBA trade deadline is Feb. 7. Parker has been on the trade block for over a month now. He’s making $20 million this season and has a team option worth $20 million for next season.
Not that trading Lopez or Parker would be considered a blockbuster. The Bulls merely are trying to gain an asset from two players on expiring contracts — Parker carries a $20 million team option for 2019-20 that almost certainly won’t be exercised no matter what team he’s on come Friday — who don’t fit in their future plans. The Lakers and Jazz have inquired on Parker, sources said.
In 39 games this season for the Bulls, Jabari Parker is averaging 14.3 points, 6.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists per contest. The 23-year-old Chicago native is shooting 47.4 percent from the field, 32.5 percent from beyond the arc and 73.1 percent from the free-throw line.
Ever since Jim Boylen took over for Fred Hoiberg in July, Parker hasn’t played in a bevy of games due to his poor defensive skills and conditioning. The Jazz are reportedly trying to add another dynamic scorer alongside shooting guard Donovan Mitchell, while the Lakers may need some forward depth if they trade Brandon Ingram and Kyle Kuzma to the New Orleans Pelicans for Anthony Davis.
In return for Parker, the Bulls are probably looking for draft picks or expiring contracts. There have been rumors about a Lakers trade involving Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, but nothing is imminent.