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The New York Knicks are among the teams interested in available Chicago Bulls forward Jabari Parker, according to a report from Ian Begley of ESPN.
Parker has reportedly requested to be traded from the Bulls — who were looking to trade him anyway.
The 6-foot-8 veteran signed a two-year contract worth $40 million before the season to join his hometown club. But the second year of the deal is a team option, making Parker’s contract appealing to opposing teams.
He has fallen out the rotation in Chicago, opening the door for a trade.
Jabari Parker is in the first year of a two-year $40 million contract. The second year is a team option. The Knicks have been steadfast in keeping any future first-round picks off limits in trades. I think the same approach would apply in any discussions about Parker. https://t.co/jxvEMrW04n
— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) December 20, 2018
“Parker, who fell out of favor because of his lack of effort on defense and doing the small things on offense like setting effective screens, was moved behind Justin Holiday and (Chandler) Hutchison in the rotation by new head coach Jim Boylen,” Joe Cowley of the ChicagoSun-Times reported.
Parker is averaging 15.2 points and a career-high 6.9 rebounds.
The Utah Jazz are another team said to be interested in Parker — and AmicoHoops contributor Chris Sherican recently reported no less than 15 teams have contacted the Bulls.