In advance of the date, the Tribune reported on Friday that the Bulls already had begun making calls to gauge Parker’s trade value and that Parker was open to a deal. That possibility gained momentum, sources said, when Parker’s representative, Chicago-based Mark Bartelstein, expressed interest in working with the Bulls to find an amicable resolution to Parker’s situation.
New Bulls coach Jim Boylen removed Parker from the rotation because of poor defensive effort and individual offensive play, sources said. Several teams have contacted the Bulls to express interest in Parker and begin preliminary talks, sources said. With both sides amenable to a trade, there’s incentive to finalize a deal sooner rather than later.
“Our feeling is we’re exactly where we want to be and exactly where we should be,” Bulls general manager Gar Forman told the Los Angeles Times on Monday in the aftermath of the failed mutiny. “And, I know everybody wants instant gratification. But we’re going to try to build a foundation and develop these young guys.”
It’ll likely to get worse, though, with Portis, Lopez and Parker all likely to be traded, weakening the roster without necessarily garnering significant returns. (Portis would probably command the most in a deal and could still be a part of the Bulls’ future if the price is right.)
So what exactly what happened last night? Chris Wallace: We had been dealing with Washington in the trade (involving MarShon Brooks & Wayne Selden) and as soon as Dillon Brooks was mentioned in the trade, it stopped. I’m not sure where the other parties got Dillon from, but they didn’t get it from us. Once he was requested, then that was the end of that.
After a three-team trade crumbled in spectacular fashion hours earlier, the Washington Wizards resurrected a deal to acquire Phoenix Suns forward Trevor Ariza, league sources told ESPN. The Wizards are sending forward Kelly Oubre Jr. and guard Austin Rivers to the Suns in the deal, league sources said.