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Milwaukee Bucks general manager Jon Horst says the franchise wants to re-sign small forward Jabari Parker and has had great conversations with Parker and his camp.
Parker is a restricted free agent, meaning he’s eligible to sign an offer sheet with another team and then the Bucks have to decide if they want to match the offer or not.
“Obviously, Jabari is a restricted free agent,” Horst said on NBA TV. “We qualified him because we value him and we want to have the ability to keep him and work through that with him and his agent. We’ve had great conversations. We’re in contact with him every day. I think the market will dictate some of it, but we’ll continue to work on it and see how it turns out.”
In 31 games in 2017-18, Parker averaged 12.6 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.9 assists while shooting 48.2 percent from the field and 38.3 percent from three. He missed most of the season recovering from his second ACL tear.
The Bucks selected Parker with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2014 draft. At the time, the franchise envisioned Parker as being the face of the organization for years to come. His injuries, however, coupled with the emergence of Giannis Antetokounmpo, changed Parker’s role and his relationship with management.
Milwaukee dangled Parker in trade talks at the February trade deadline and Parker’s camp was well aware of it, league sources told Amico Hoops. The 23-year-old said in April he was uncertain about his future with the Bucks.
The Sacramento Kings are a team that could have interest in Parker and sign him to an offer sheet, according to a report from NBC Sports California.