Report: Bulls, Kings interested in Parker

Milwaukee Bucks small forward Jabari Parker is a restricted free agent and drawing interest from two teams.

According to a report from Gery Woelfel, the Sacramento Kings and Chicago Bulls are showing the most interest in Parker, who can sign an offer sheet with another team and then the Bucks have to decide if they want to match it or not.

Per the report, Parker’s name is not mentioned that often when Bucks head coach Mike Budenholzer and general manager Jon Horst talk about the upcoming season.

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.

Parker has suffered two ACL tears. The Chicago native and the Bucks held brief discussions before this past season started regarding a contract extension, but Milwaukee’s offer was too low, at least according to Parker’s camp.

Milwaukee dangled Parker in trade talks at the February trade deadline and Parker 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.

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.

Parker has talked openly about how he would love to play for his hometown team, the Bulls.

Chicago and Sacramento each have roughly $20 million at their disposal to spend on a free agent.