Chicago native and former Milwaukee Buck Jabari Parker inked a 2-year, $40 million deal with the Chicago Bulls. The former No. 2 overall pick battled several ACL injuries while in Milwaukee, but he enjoyed a strong close to the 2017-18 season.
Parker’s injury history made teams reticent to offer him a long-term deal, however, his hometown Bulls offer the versatile forward an opportunity to play significant minutes and make an immediate impact–especially if he remains healthy.
During the 2016-17 campaign, Parker posted 20.1 PPG prior to tearing his left ACL for the second time. The Bucks enabled Parker, formerly a restricted free agent, to test unrestricted free agency by rescinding his qualifying offer. That move, which Parker’s team praised, allowed the 23-year-old to explore more lucrative opportunities elsewhere.
Bulls general manager Gar Forman believes Parker is the perfect fit for the Bulls at this point in time.
"Jabari is a 23-year-old player who is a natural fit with our young core, and is a proven scorer at the NBA level," Forman said in a statement. "We look forward to welcoming him back to his hometown."
The Bulls have had an active offseason, re-signing guard Zach LaVine and now adding Parker. In addition, the team added promising big man Wendell Carter Jr. in the 2018 NBA Draft. LaVine, who initially agreed to an offer sheet with the Sacramento Kings, should improve further for the Bulls as he distances himself from the ACL injury he suffered from while with the Minnesota Timberwolves.
In order to make the Parker signing work, the Bulls announced that they have released guard Julyan Stone and forward Paul Zipser.
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