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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.”
Video on Bulls and Jabari Parker’s representatives working on trade scenarios. pic.twitter.com/aUXuJHOEHv
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) December 14, 2018
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.
— Chris Sheridan (@sheridanhoops) December 15, 2018
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.