Jabari Parker is getting his wish. Mark Bartelstein brokered the deal with the Bucks making a good-faith gesture.
The second year of Parker's deal is reportedly a team option, which, given Parker's previous injury history, is smart from the Bulls' perspective. Milwaukee resident Kelvin Rivera is a Bulls fan and excited to see Parker head to Chicago.
Rumors on Friday regarding a potential reunion between Jabari Parker and the Chicago Bulls gave in to some more concrete reports Saturday morning that indicated Chicago was on the verge of signing the restricted free agent to an offer sheet.
In the Bucks' first-round series loss to the Celtics, Parker averaged 10.0 points and 6.1 rebounds over seven games while playing 23.9 minutes per contest. He played 31 games previous year, averaging 12.6 points and 4.9 rebounds.More news: Meghan Markle's Half-Sister Launches Stunning Attack On The Duchess
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Parker, a Chicago native, has torn his ACL in his left knee twice during his career. This led to the Bucks having no interest in signing him for any real amount of money, as we now know they won't be matching the Bulls' offer.
Chicago cleared roster space by releasing guard Julyan Stone and forward Paul Zipser.
Parker played one season at Duke University before being selected second overall in the 2014 draft by the Bucks. 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 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.