Report: Jazz interested in Jabari Parker

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The Chicago Bulls have a failing relationship with Jabari Parker, but the Utah Jazz are reportedly interested in discussing a trade for the forward.

According to Kevin O’Connor of the Ringer, the Jazz are one of the teams in the market for Parker, who recently fell out of Chicago’s rotation.

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.