Parker requests trade; Bulls working to grant it

Forward Jabari Parker and the Bulls have been looking for ways to split, so far to no avail.

Jabari Parker’s camp has requested a trade and the Chicago Bulls are continuing to find ways to grant him one, according to a report from Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times.

Parker signed a two-year contract with the Bulls in free agency over the summer, with a team option at the end of the first year. So it’s basically the same as a one-year deal that expires at season’s end.

The 6-foot-8 forward became eligible to be traded Saturday, and according to Cowley, “the Bulls front office had already started the process of talking to teams.”

AmicoHoops contributor Chris Sheridan reported Friday that about 15 teams have expressed interest in Parker, and no deal is imminent.

“Too many teams interested,” Sheridan reported. “Bulls want to hear what everyone is offering, and that takes time.”

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.

“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,” Cowley wrote.