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The Chicago Bulls are having an abysmal season, but not too many spectators are surprised. The Bulls weren’t expected to be world beaters this season, and they have played their underachievers role well so far this season.
Chicago has lost 7 in a row, and 8 of the last 9. The Bulls are tied with the Knicks for second worst record in the league at 10-33, and it seems as if a rebuild is underway.
One of the moves that is essential to the rebuild is the conclusion of the Jabari Parker fiasco. Parker is in his first year with the Bulls, averaging a solid 14.7 points per game to go with 6.7 rebounds per game. Parker is producing, but the team is going nowhere, and the player and organization seem to desire a parting of ways. Parker has fallen out with head coach Jim Boylen, and has shown little effort to mend the relationship. Coach Boylen has made it clear that Parker doesn’t have a place in the rotation, verbally expressing his frustration with the player. Parker has been without significant playing time since early December, and it seems highly unlikely the things will work out in Chicago.
Parker is out of contract at end of year with team option in 2019-20 season. Whichever team trades for Parker will have the option to resign him at the end of the year, with the team option implemented into the contract. If Chicago does move Parker, they will be taking a $20 million cap hit on this years salary cap (dead money).
Jabari Parker is naturally a power forward, but can play small forward as well. The Sacramento Kings seem to be a very interested party, with negotiations of a trade ongoing. The Knicks have been reported to recently have sparked interest in Parker, and have offered Enes Kanter as a part of a deal that would bring Parker to New York. Expect a team to tempt Chicago enough to move Parker before the trade deadline next month.