We’re almost two weeks into free agency and Jabari Parker still has not found a home. Parker is a tough guy to peg, because all he needs is for one team to think his upside overshadows his injury history and he’s going to be in for a big payday. However, that hasn’t happened yet.
The good news for Parker is that the restricted free agent market for a ton of players has been awfully slow, so his patience might be rewarded. Maybe the Milwaukee Bucks decided to give Parker a sizable deal, or maybe another team will swoop in and pay the 25-year-old wing.
According to Vincent Goodwill of NBC Sports Chicago, one team which has some level of interest in Parker are the Bulls. Going further, Parker reportedly has some level of interest in heading home.
Parker’s fit in Chicago would be a little awkward, as he’s at his best when he’s playing the four, but the Bulls’ frontcourt has a bunch of bodies, namely Robin Lopez, Lauri Markkanen, Bobby Portis, and Wendell Carter, who has been outstanding during Summer League. They could, theoretically, play Parker at the three, but he’s not exactly a stout perimeter defender, which Chicago might not be able to afford if he’s on the court with Zach LaVine.
Still, Parker can really score, and would give the Bulls’ offense a shot in the arm if he ended up there and was able to stay healthy. At the very least, Parker will be one to watch as we enter the next few weeks of free agency.
UPDATE: It turns out there’s more than just a little smoke to this rumbling, as Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports the two sides are “progressing on a deal.”
There is no word about what that deal would look like, but whatever it would be, the Bucks would have the flexibility to match whatever the Bulls could put on the table.