The Chicago Bulls sign forward Jabari Parker

Kristopher Nichols
July 19, 2018

Multiple outlets report that Parker had agreed to a two-year, $40 million contract with the Chicago Bulls, who were reportedly attempting to sign him as a restricted free agent. He twice has been sidelined by tears of the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, the most recent of which caused him to miss the first 50 games last season. But the Bucks already have a lot of salary committed to players for the foreseeable future, and given Parker's injury history, it might be smart to not match an offer sheet, especially an expensive one.

The Bucks themselves confirmed this move in a press release moments later with statements from Parker, his agent Mark Bartelstein and Bucks general manager Jon Horst.

Shortly after he hit unrestricted free agency, Parker thanked the Bucks for showing him so much support throughout his four-year professional career.

Due to the injury, as well as falling out of grace with interim coach Joe Prunty, Parker only played in 31 games for Milwaukee last season.

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According to Vincent Goodwill of NBC Sports Chicago, one team which has some level of interest in Parker are the Bulls. 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.

Part of the Bulls' pitch to Parker is that he would start at small forward.

The former Pistons standout was back in the Detroit area Friday night as part of the BIG3 - entertainer Ice Cube's 3-on-3 league of former National Basketball Association players, which made a stop at Little Caesars Arena. Fans and media alike have been hot and cold on Parker throughout his career.

The Bulls are taking a tremendous chance on the 23-year-old to show that he can be a piece they can build around for the future alongside their promising young core group of Zach LaVine, Lauri Markkanen, Wendell Carter Jr. and Kris Dunn.

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