Bucks’ Parker unlikely to return until February

Milwaukee Bucks small forward Jabari Parker is making sound progress as he rehabs from a left ACL tear, but according to ESPN, Parker isn’t expected to return until February at the earliest.

Parker’s 2016-17 campaign came to an abrupt, bitter end after he tore his left ACL for the second time. The 21-year-old was developing into a star right in front of our eyes, making the story even more difficult to swallow.

In 51 games he played in last year, Parker averaged 20.1 points, 6.2 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.0 steals per game while shooting a blistering 49 percent from the field.

Parker already showed us he can come back from one ACL tear and still possess elite bounce and explosion in his step. The Chicago native has a tremendous work ethic and support system which will get him through this setback and help quiet the naysayers.

The Racine Journal Times is also reporting the Bucks and Parker’s camp have begun to discuss a contract extension and that Parker is seeking top dollar.

Per Gery Woelfel:

“With salaries having skyrocketed over the summer, thanks in large measure to an extremely lucrative television contract, multiple sources claim Parker will be seeking a contract similar to the one he expected to receive prior to his latest injury – a max contract of five years for anywhere between $146 million (25 percent of the salary cap) to $175M (30 percent of the cap).”

Parker’s agent, Mark Bartelstein, was quoted as saying, “We have had discussions; there has been dialogue. It’s been a positive dialogue. But that’s all I can say at this time.’’