Fifer: “ESPN reported months back that they offered you three (years) and $54 (million), which is like $18 million a year.” Jabari Parker: “Shoot, I wish. … Now you know.
Jeff Zillgitt: NBA rookie extension scorecard: No extensions for Jabari Parker, Zach LaVine, Aaron Gordon, I'm told. Extensions: Wiggins, Warren, Harris.
How the Bucks, Parker and his agent Mark Bartelstein handle Parker's contract situation remains to be seen. He has said many times over the past three years that he hopes to be the kind of player who spends his whole career with one team. On Monday, he reiterated that Milwaukee is "definitely" where he wants to be, but "at this point, it's not my choice." For now, he says he's staying out of the negotiations. "I have no clue (what's going on) and that's why I pay (my agent)," Parker said. "I let them do all the madness."
"In terms of the contract, we have a decision to make by the middle of October, basically, Oct. 16. The injury part of it is a factor in the discussions, of course. We're having great discussions with his representative; we're going to continue to work through that. Hopefully, the goal is to come to an extension agreement. If we don't, we want to be in a place where we can have the same type of productive conversations again as a restricted free agent with a player who we value significantly in our franchise."
With salaries having skyrocketed over the summer, thanks in large measure to an extremely lucrative television contract, multiple sources claim Jabari Parker will be seeking a contract similar to the one he expected to receive prior to his latest injury – a max contract of five years for anywhere between $146 million (25 percent of the salary cap) to $175M (30 percent of the cap). It will be perhaps the biggest assignment new Bucks general manager Jon Horst, who had been the team’s director of basketball operations before his shocking promotion to GM, will ever have deal with in his role. It won’t be for Mark Bartelstein, Parker’s new agent. Bartelstein, who heads up Chicago-based Priority Sports and Entertainment, is a longtime agent and regarded as one of the premier agents in sports.
Parker and Bartelstein wouldn’t comment on specifics on a potential new deal, but those familiar with both individuals insist that Bartelstein/Parker won’t settle for anything less than a max contract. If the Bucks and Bartelstein can’t reach a deal before the deadline, Parker would become a restricted free agent after this season. It would mean the Bucks could then match any offer presented to Parker and retain his services. If a settlement isn’t reached at that point, Parker would become an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2019 and would be eligible to sign with any team – without the Bucks receiving any compensation.
October 20, 2021 | 7:24 pm EDT Update
Lauren Rosen: Ahead of the @Philadelphia 76ers opener, Doc Rivers shares the advice he gave to Tyrese Maxey: “Just play. That’s what I told [Tyrese]… I want him to be very aggressive. One thing I’ve liked about him since getting him – he’s an extremely confident kid.”
Lauren Rosen: Doc Rivers on Tyrese Maxey’s mentors, Joel Embiid and Tobias Harris: “[Joel and Tobias are] a pretty good influence. Both lead by example. I think they’re both doing that… Joel’s been phenomenal… Tobias – we jokingly call him the machine.”
Stefan Bondy: Enes Kanter is one NBA player unafraid to criticize China. He met this week w/ Students for a Free Tibet in Queens: “I’m here to add my voice and speak about what is happening in Tibet under the Chinese government’s brutal rule. Tibetan people’s basic rights are nonexistent.”