The Chicago Bulls have a failing relationship with Jabari Parker, but the Utah Jazz are reportedly interested in discussing a trade for the forward.
With the Bulls, he’s shot a career-low 45.5 percent overall while hitting only 29.3 percent of his three-point attempts. Parker hasn’t come anywhere close to playing at a level his two-year deal worth $40 million would suggest he does.
Throw in his relative disinterest in defense, and why would Utah consider him?
It’s simple, really; the Jazz struggle to score. They’re currently 23rd in offensive rating, and those issues wasting the league’s eighth-best defense.
Utah can atone for Parker’s defensive shortcomings while turning him into a spot-up shooter and second option alongside Donovan Mitchell. Just two years ago, Parker averaged 20.1 points with a 36.5 long-range clip. The talent is there.
Adding him, though, is a calculated risk. If a team is unable to showcase his offensive potential, as Chicago learned, Parker isn’t that valuable.