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CHICAGO — The Milwaukee Bucks felt that Jabari Parker and the franchise were trending in different directions and that’s why they ultimately decided to rescind their qualifying offer to Parker so he could sign with the Chicago Bulls, according to a report from Jordan Schultz of Yahoo Sports.
Parker signed a two-year, $40 million deal with his hometown Bulls. The second year is a team-option.
The #Bucks felt that Jabari Parker and them were trending in different directions, league sources say. Jon Horst did a classy thing to help Parker get the best deal possible with the #Bulls — which he did not have to do.
— Jordan Schultz (@Schultz_Report) July 14, 2018
In 31 games in 2017-18 with the Bucks, 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 relationship with management.
Milwaukee dangled Parker in trade talks at the February trade deadline and Parker was well aware of it, league sources told Amico Hoops. It didn’t sit well with Parker or his camp.
During the postseason, Parker complained about the lack of minutes he was getting from coach Joe Prunty, saying you have to be on the coaches “good side” to get playing time. Parker played roughly 24 minutes a game against the Boston Celtics during the seven-game first-round series and put up 10.0 points per contest.
Parker has been very open about how he’s always wanted to play for the Bulls, the team he grew up rooting for. Living in Chicago will allow Parker to be with his family more and continue his charity work in the city.
Parker will wear No. 2 with the Bulls.