Bulls engaging in trade talks centered on Parker

Jabari Parker signed a two-year contract with the Bulls in free agency over the summer.

The Chicago Bulls have begun to engage in trade talks centered on forward Jabari Parker and interest is high, according to a report from K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune.

Parker will not be part of the Bulls’ regular rotation moving forward, ESPN reported, and the team had even considered working on a contract buyout.

Apparently, they have opted to look for a trade partner first.

“It is a surprise because I did everything I could in the time I was given,” Parker said, via Johnson, after Thursday’s 97-91 loss to the Magic in Mexico City. “But it is what it is. You can’t pout. You’ve just got to keep moving.

“I’m a basketball player. Everybody knows. I especially know for myself. I just have to stay ready.”

The 23-year-old forward signed a two-year deal in free agency, but has struggled to find his niche with his hometown team.

His contract is worth $40 million and has a team option — meaning the Bulls can send him back into free agency at the end of the season.

At the very least, a potentially expiring contract is likely to be valued by opposing teams.

Parker moved to a reserve role following the return of second-year forward Lauri Markkenen a couple weeks ago. Parker’s numbers of 15.8 points and 7.1 rebounds are solid, but the Bulls seem to think he doesn’t make much of a difference when it comes to winning and losing.