Bulls closing in on a deal with Bucks' free agent Jabari Parker

Lynette Rowe
July 19, 2018

After the Milwaukee Bucks rescinded their qualifying offer, the Chicago Bulls quickly swooped in and signed Jabari Parker. The former Simeon star tore the ACL in his left knee twice since entering the league.

Parker, who was drafted No. 2 overall by the Milwaukee Bucks in 2014, could switch teams if he signs an offer sheet by another team.

The Bucks have until 11:59 p.m. CT on Friday to withdraw their qualifying offer for Parker, which would allow him to join other teams as an unrestricted free agent. ESPN reports that Jabari agreed to a two year contract with the Bulls for $40 Million.

He returned from his second ACL rehab in February of this past season and averaged 12.6 points in 31 games. He averaged 15.3 points 5.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game, while shooting 49 percent from the field and 74.7 percent from the free throw line.

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The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Matt Velazquez relayed minutes after the news broke that the Bucks explored all options before going through with cutting financial ties with Parker, speaking to Bartelstein's statement. He figures to start at small forward with Kris Dunn and Zach LaVine in the backcourt, Lauri Markkanen at power forward and either rookie Wendell Carter Jr. or veteran Robin Lopez at center.

The Bulls are building a risky team, but if Parker can get back to peak performance, this contract could end up paying off. Of course, knee injuries derailed his run in Chicago.

The team announced it released guard Julyan Stone and forward Paul Zipser.

For local fans that had the chance to shoot hoops with Parker on Thursday night, some are sad to see him go.

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