Jabari Parker had a rough start to his NBA career. The second overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft tore his ACL just 25 games into the season and has been sidelined ever since. But the good news for Milwaukee Bucks fans is that Parker has reportedly been cleared for the start of training camp next week. General manager John Hammond, however, is being cautiously optimistic about this critical stage of his recovery. Via Charles F. Gardner of The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
But the extent of his participation is to be determined and it’s clear the Bucks will handle Parker, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2014 draft, with extreme care.
“Wherever he’s at, if we think he can play 30 minutes, we’ll probably have him play 15.” Hammond said. “Wherever it might be, I think we’re always going to be cautious with him.”
The Bucks have one of the league’s most promising young cores, which includes Parker, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton, as well as one of its hottest coaches in Jason Kidd. They also made a splash in free agency this summer when they signed highly-sought big man Greg Monroe to a max deal worth $50 million over three years. A postseason appearance is certainly next up on the agenda for the Bucks, and with the Eastern Conference being what it is, it’s a goal that’s ripe for the picking.