Mere months after signing a lucrative short-term deal with the Chicago Bulls, former lottery pick Jabari Parker seems to be on the outs in the Windy City.
He’s been taking completely out of the rotation and the Bulls are currently looking to move the former Milwaukee Bucks star.
According to this report from Ian Begley of ESPN, the New York Knicks are one of several teams expressing interest in the 23-year-old forward.
The Knicks are among the teams who have expressed preliminary interest in trading for Chicago's Jabari Parker, per ESPN sources. It doesn't appear that anything is imminent at the moment.
— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) December 20, 2018
This is rather interesting.
Any move to acquire Parker would have to take into account a 2019 free agency period in which the Knicks have set themselves up nicely to be major players.
Parker signed a one-year, $20 million deal with Chicago this past summer. Said contract has a team option for a second season at $20 million. This makes his contract somewhat valuable for a team like the Knicks.
New York could offer up a bad long-term contract in that of Tim Hardaway Jr. or Courtney Lee along with its first-round pick in the 2019 NBA Draft in order to pick up Parker’s expiring deal. That would enable the team to be even larger players in free agency.
Parker was averaging 15.2 points an 6.9 rebounds on 46 percent shooting from the field at the time of his benching.