The New York Knicks and New Orleans Pelicans have interest in available Chicago Bulls forward Jabari Parker, according to a report from Sean Deveney of Sporting News.
“But Chicago would not be willing to take back Courtney Lee from New York or Solomon Hill from New Orleans, making a three-team deal the only way Parker could wind up in either spot,” Deveney wrote.
Parker is on a two-year, $40 million contract with the Bulls after signing in July. But only the first year of the deal is guaranteed. He fell out of the rotation in November, with coach Jim Boylen more or less citing a lack of effort in practice.
So far this season, Parker is averaging 14.8 points and 6.0 rebounds in 33 games.
It’s a strange situation, because Boylen will still occasionally play Parker. Offensively, Parker typically does well.
But the Bulls reportedly are not fans of his defense or overall effort. It’s a breakup that has all the makings of a real-life divorce — there’s the Bulls’ story, there’s Parker’s story and the truth is likely somewhere in between.
Parker recently said he would be interested in joining the Utah Jazz.
“I’m just keeping good perspective doing what I can to control my attitude, and my performance just always staying positive,” he said.