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“I could be traded again, but you’ve just gotta be ready and prepared. Because any situation can uplift me. And I look at it that way. Even if it’s bitter on my end, I just have to look at it as a blessing,” he said. “As far as Chicago goes, I kind of just needed to be traded because I wasn’t playing. That’s why Washington was so good for me.”
Significant financial savings in Washington with the Otto Porter trade to Chicago. The Wizards tax bill for this season now drops from $8.96M to $3.34M. The team is now $2.3M below the tax threshold. For 2019-20, Washington now has $89.5M in guaranteed contracts, a savings of $28M. Jabari Parker has a $20M team option that needs to be exercised by June 29. Bobby Portis is on an expiring contract and the Wizards will have until the end of June to submit a $3.6M Qualifying Offer.
The Sun-Times confirmed a Monday report that the Bulls have been in contact with the Lakers about a Jabari Parker for Kentavious Caldwell-Pope deal, but Caldwell-Pope has no-trade rights and wasn’t sold on leaving L.A. According to a source, there have been a handful of calls about Parker in the last week, and momentum is building a bit on him being sent elsewhere.
Not that trading Lopez or Parker would be considered a blockbuster. The Bulls merely are trying to gain an asset from two players on expiring contracts — Parker carries a $20 million team option for 2019-20 that almost certainly won’t be exercised no matter what team he’s on come Friday — who don’t fit in their future plans. The Lakers and Jazz have inquired on Parker, sources said.
Brian Windhorst: “Caldwell-Pope is available and has been floated out there for some spots. One place that they have talked to, now I’m not saying this deal is going to get done, but one place they have talked to is Chicago for Jabari Parker. And the thing about this is Caldwell-Pope has to approve of a trade … I’m not sure that’s going to get done but that’s been discussed. The Bulls really like Caldwell-Pope … Jabari Parker could be a Laker within the next few days. Jabari is a polarizing player but he might be interesting on the Lakers.”
“It’s definitely something [the Feb. 7 trade deadline] my agent deals with,” Parker was saying Wednesday before the Bulls victory over the Miami Heat amidst cascading reports of a busy trade week that began with Anthony Davis’ trade request. “Right now I have more important things like playing the game and being prepared to get better. Those things sometimes can be a distraction, worrying about logistics. I’ve never handled that before. I’ve never been in trade rumors. This is kind of the first time, so just trying to do good things in the mean time.” “It’s just part of the business,” Parker agreed. “It’s nothing that I am bothered by. I understand a team needs you and a team doesn’t want you; that’s just how it goes.”
Citing Parker’s practice habits and lack of defensive commitment, Boylen pulled Parker from the rotation after only five games on the job. Parker was inactive for nine straight games and 12 out of 13 as the Bulls kept sinking further into the abyss. After Friday night’s 106-101 loss to the Clippers, the Bulls are 11-38 and heading back to the draft lottery. “He’s a 23-year-old guy who’s younger than a lot of rookies in the league,” Bartelstein said. “He’s an immense, immense talent. When you watch him play the past couple of weeks, that talent level oozes out. You see it. It hasn’t gone the way we had hoped in Chicago, but the goal right now is to figure out how to make things a whole lot better. The talent level is undeniable. We’re just taking every day and trying to figure out what the best solution is.”
Indeed, Parker returned to the rotation on Jan. 12 and played well in five straight games off the bench before being held out of Wednesday night’s game with the knee issue. Multiple league sources confirmed Bartelstein is working with the Bulls to find a trade solution, so Parker’s increased role could be a thinly veiled effort to showcase him to potential suitors. “If they’ve decided to play him more, that’s why,” a rival executive said. (Boylen, however, said Wednesday in a radio interview with 670 The Score in Chicago that Parker is playing more because he’s practicing better.)
Either way, two rival executives told B/R that the Bulls’ search for a trade partner could prove futile. Given how things have gone for Parker in Chicago, it’s clear to all potentially interested teams that the Bulls aren’t picking up Parker’s $20 million option for next season. If you could sit back and get a former No. 2 overall pick who’s not yet 25 for a whole lot cheaper as a free agent a few months from now, why would you give up an asset and take on his contract for the rest of the season? “They’ll try to trade him for anything they can get,” one of the rival execs said. “It’s going to have to be an expiring contract, but how many teams have expiring contracts that can stack up to [$20 million]? Not many. I think they’ll just buy him out.”
Defense remains an issue for Kanter but his skillset — top-level rebounding and inside scoring — is such that he can help a playoff team off the bench. The Knicks are actively trying to deal the 26-year-old international, who is coping with a very public and emotionally taxing battle with the Turkish government. Kanter has an $18 million expiring contract that could be a vehicle to acquiring an asset (draft pick, young player), which is the Knicks’ preference. However, the market has not been robust. There had been preliminary discussions involving the Knicks taking back Jabari Parker, but there needed to be a third team to take Kanter.
KC Johnson: It should be noted that the Bulls still will shop Robin Lopez and Jabari Parker in advance of the Feb. 7 trade deadline, even with news of Wendell Carter Jr. injury and likely surgery. If they find deals, Cristiano Felicio or small lineup always can be used.
Because Parker makes $20 million this year, and because the Bulls want to take back no players with contracts that stretch past this season, Parker would most likely have to be involved in a multi-team trade with one team under the cap. The Knicks and Pelicans have interest in Parker, according to league sources, but Chicago would not be willing to take back Courtney Lee from New York or Solomon Hill from New Orleans, making a three-team deal the only way Parker could wind up in either spot.
In trying to find a new home for Enes Kanter, among the scenarios recently discussed — though only in a preliminary stage — was the Knicks bringing back Chicago’s Jabari Parker, a source told the Daily News. However, a snag in the framework was trying to find a third team to take Kanter, the source said, and it’s unclear if talks ever got off the ground.
The Kings could still be an option for that third team and, according to sources, have been separately negotiating a straight swap for Kanter. One scenario is Kanter for Zach Randolph and Kosta Koufos. As the Daily News reported, the Knicks would need a “sweetener” to make such a trade work with the Kings, such as a second-round pick. Whether Parker fits that “sweetener” description is unclear, but ESPN reported in December the Knicks expressed interest in dealing for the 23-year-old.
“We were all on board with (signing Parker),” said Paxson. “That’s all in the past. We’re not even going to worry about that. With the situation the way it is, we’ll look and see if Jabari gets an opportunity. This thing will be fluid. We have a month until the trade deadline. A lot can happen. We feel really good about getting something done a month early. It’s all in building a team. Given where we were at and where we are at today, trying to roll the dice on a young talent (like Parker) is not a bad thing. A lot of teams have had success doing that. The one thing that we continue to do and we think we’re on the right track with is if something doesn’t work, it’s not going to be a long-term issue for us. We’ll continue to operate that way.”
The Grizzlies remain $463,000 under the luxury tax with the $4.4 million addition of Holiday. The Bulls are in a dealmaking mode, shopping center Robin Lopez and forward Jabari Parker in trade talks, sources said.
The Bulls and Parker’s representative are working to find a trade scenario that works for both parties. As of now, league sources indicated that teams interested in Parker are asking the Bulls to take on bad, long-term contracts. As of now, that’s a non-starter for the Bulls, who structured Parker’s deal the way they did for a reason.
The benched forward offered an unsolicited point in emphatic fashion. “I will never point the finger. That’s not me. That’s not my career. That’s not Jabari,” Parker told the Tribune. “My Dad taught me better than that. I’m a God-fearing man. I would never bash somebody. I’ll tell you what I think is the truth. But making it personal and telling lies is not me and will never be me.”
He exuded sincerity when he said his hefty paycheck didn’t assuage the frustration of falling completely out of the rotation when healthy for the first time in his career. “Even when I was in Milwaukee, they knew what type of player I was. They kind of treated me accordingly. It’s just different,” Parker said. “I’ve been consistent. Even in the beginning, it wasn’t easy, right? It wasn’t like a fair chance. They took me out of the lineup. I stayed professional. I didn’t pout. I kept going. And then as I started getting better and better, it ended right there. It was unfortunate because I felt I was improving. And I just wish I had a little bit more chance.”
The Warriors don’t have the spare assets to engage in meaningful trade business before the deadline. Golden State also hasn’t made a single in-season trade since its championship run began with the 2014-15 season. No team, though, is likely to be more attractive to veterans who become free agents in February than the two-time reigning champions. One name to file away here: Chicago’s Robin Lopez. The Bulls have made Lopez available via trade along with the former No. 2 overall draft pick Jabari Parker, according to league sources, but moving the experienced center isn’t so simple given his $14.4 million salary.
Multiple sources have recently told the Sun-Times just how much of a disconnect there currently is between coach Jim Boylen and disgruntled forward Jabari Parker. “From my seat, he needs to lock into practicing hard, playing hard and honoring the values of the team, which I’ve set forth for the team,’’ Boylen said on Sunday, when asked if he felt Parker was connected to the team these days.
Sources have indicated that Parker has all but checked out, hoping a trade elsewhere was imminent. The problem for the former Simeon High School standout is that hasn’t been the case. While the Bulls have started dialogue on moving Parker and his two-year, $40-million contract – there is a team-option on year two – and there are a few teams rumored to have interest, the market is still relatively frigid.
Marc Berman: Knicks haven’t spoken directly to Bulls about Jabari Parker, per source. Have interest in any potential expiring contract that becomes available, especially if can save 2019 cap space. But interest here is lukewarm.
Andy Larsen: Jazz management sources tell The Salt Lake Tribune that the Jazz have had no conversations with Chicago management regarding any deal this season.
So as news began to surface that the Jazz are among the teams reportedly interested in Chicago Bulls forward Jabari Parker, according to The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor, Favors doesn’t think too deep about it although his name is linked to a potential deal. “I was telling one of the coaches, I could go back years and years ago and I can name each guy I was supposed to get traded for,” Favors said ahead of the Jazz-Rockets game. “Every year, I can just name them so I have fun with it, I enjoy it.
“Definitely use it as motivation. But I have fun with it most of the time because most of the time I look forward to it, like ‘Who am I going to get traded for this year? Who they want me to get traded for? Where the rumors at?’ so I enjoy it.”
“In my year and a quarter that I’ve been here, he’s been supposed to be traded and from what I’ve been told in the league, guys don’t react to that kindly,” Mitchell said. “They just take exception to that kind of stuff and stop caring but it’s not that way with Fave, and I think that’s a unique talent that you need to put all that to the wayside and focus in on the game-to-day basis. “We care about Fave, he cares about us and I think that kind of shows with the way he’s been playing, with the way he’s acted,” he continued. “It’s easy to kind of say, ‘alright, whatever I’m done,’ but he’s on it everyday. He’s one of the first guys there, always putting in work, working extra, working hard, kind of letting us know what he sees and to have a guy like that, especially for a young guy like me, I’m very lucky.”
The Utah Jazz are one of the teams interested in Parker, according to multiple league sources. Derrick Favors is an awkward fit next to center Rudy Gobert, and his $16.9 million on the books for next season is non-guaranteed, meaning he could be one of the pieces involved. Favors can’t be traded until January 15, so Chicago would have to wait. Would it be worth it? The Bulls are loaded with young bigs, so it’s hard to see them taking back Favors unless additional assets are included. Utah has all of its future picks, except for a 2020 second-rounder going to the Cavaliers, and has two other seconds incoming.
“I chose to come here,” Parker said of his two-year, $40 million free- agent contract that carries a team option for the second season. “I did everything I can to prove that I belong here. And I’m going to continue to do that. My job is to be ready to be on the court. My agent’s job is to just be my defense and be that voice for me that I’m not able to say.”
Boylen said Parker has “done a great job” handling his surprising new situation. “It’s not easy,” Boylen said. “I’ve been direct and honest with him about what I expect and what I hope he can continue to work on.”
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.
Parker said he leans upon his father, former NBA player Sonny Parker, for support. “I take it upon myself to do what I can first and foremost. But my person that I go to as my mentor is my father because my father played in the league. Everything I know comes from him. My basketball credentials are very credible because of my dad,” Parker said. “He tells me the truth. He tells me what it takes. He never feeds me negativity. It’s always what I can control. It’s never pointing a finger. That’s what I love so much about my father.”
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.)
K.C. Johnson: Jabari Parker is trade eligible as of today. According to a source, “several teams” have called Bulls about Parker. Both Bulls and Parker are amenable to deal.
Joe Cowley: The Sun-Times has learned that Parker’s camp does want him moved and is hoping to work amicably with the front office for a better situation. With LaVine (ankle) and Hutchison (illness) on the mend, however, Parker is possibly needed a few days more. bit.ly/2A2XPVf
The Bulls, according to sources, have engaged in trade talks with several teams regarding Parker, who fell out of new coach Jim Boylen’s rotation Thursday. There’s considerable interest in Parker, 23, who remains a versatile scorer. Finding the right match financially is the obstacle that needs to be cleared, but there’s motivation to get a deal done.
Asked if he would meet with his agent to request a trade or even a buyout should this demotion hold, Parker said the change is too new for him to know what he might want to do. Plus, Parker isn’t viewing his demotion as permanent. And despite gauging the trade market, neither are the Bulls.
“It is a surprise because I did everything I could in the time I was given,” Parker said after Thursday’s 97-91 loss to the Magic in Mexico City. “But it is what it is. You can’t pout. You’ve just got to keep moving. I’m a basketball player. Everybody knows. I especially know for myself. I just have to stay ready.”
Jabari Parker will no longer be a part of the Chicago Bulls’ regular rotation, league sources told ESPN. While he is expected to play Thursday night in Mexico City in the absence of Chandler Hutchison, Parker will no longer see regular minutes, sources said.
Boylen has experimented with playing Parker at small forward and power forward and said Parker has taken both roles in stride. “Jabari has been great,” Boylen said. “He understands. Jabari wants to make it about helping the team win. And that’s what I’ve asked him to do.”
With Parker out of the regular rotation, it’s unlikely that the Bulls would exercise the team option on the second year of his deal. There have been no conversations between Parker and his representatives on a potential buyout, but that could become an increasing possibility closer to the trade deadline.
Regarding Parker, Horst made it clear both on the radio and in a separate interview with the Journal Sentinel on Wednesday that the Bucks never had any intention of trading Parker, which echoed a “fake news” claim made Tuesday by Bucks senior vice president Alex Lasry, son of Bucks co-owner Marc Lasry.
Paul Henning: Take it for what it is. But, @GeryWoelfel is close to Jabari and the Parker family. This morning @1057FMTheFan he reports Jabari was “very, very close to being traded” at deadline, feels there is “slim to none” chances that Jabari is on Bucks next season. Describing it as a mutual fallout between Bucks/Jabari that is rooted in Kidd’s treatment of Jabari since he was drafted. Bucks hold the cards with Jabari’s Restricted Free Agency ability to match. But, losing Jabari for nothing would be a huge blow to this teams future.
Gery Woelfel: The $64,000 question for Bucks Nation is whether Jabari Parker will be traded. As of now, nothing brewing. However, there’s still 2 1/2 hours before deadline.
Gery Woelfel: As I reported in early December, Bucks, Wizards, Timberwolves and Raptors were four main courters of DeAndre Jordan. Bucks still interested but unwilling — for now — to give up any major player like Brogdon, MIddleton or Parker.
Bucks sources have aggressively downplayed the idea that the team would trade Parker, although they admit the cap situation with his pending free agency could make this tight, but ownership at least seems to be onboard with re-signing Parker in July if management wants to go down that path.
The Bucks have been looking for frontcourt help for some time. The dark horse candidate for the Bucks could be Miami’s Hassan Whiteside, but sources close to the HEAT continue to say its unlikely they are going to make him available in trade, but admitted teams have called, meaning Miami has options. The Bucks seem open to adding to their monster payroll now. The question becomes what to do with would be free agent Jabari Parker, who is still rehabbing from an ACL injury and may not be able to play until early March.
It will be fascinating to watch how they evolve. Milwaukee will investigate DeAndre Jordan, and that is another future version of this team: Antetokounmpo running pick-and-roll with a lob dunker, shooters surrounding them. That would also require something of a stylistic overhaul; Kidd has favored a more egalitarian motion offense, with cuts and handoffs swirling around the elbows. The Bucks can’t pay all of Antetokounmpo, Bledsoe, Parker, Middleton, Tony Snell, and Jordan. They almost certainly can’t get Jordan without giving up one of their good and expensive rotation guys, anyway. (I would be very surprised if they flipped Parker for Jordan, to be clear.)
That was Feb. 8, and Parker’s injury was confirmed the following day. That was just two weeks ahead of the league’s trading deadline, which was significant because league sources told Sporting News the Bucks were considering including Parker in potential trades at the deadline. “His name definitely came up, and it was obvious they’d have a steep price, but they were willing to talk about him,” one league executive said.
The Boston Celtics have been pursuing a number of established veterans in the buildup to Thursday’s NBA draft, offering trade packages built around the No. 3 overall pick, according to league sources. But sources told ESPN that the Celtics, to date, have been rebuffed in their efforts to assemble a sufficiently enticing deal to acquire any of these four prime targets: Chicago Bulls All-Star swingman Jimmy Butler, Utah Jazz guard Gordon Hayward and Milwaukee Bucks teammates Jabari Parker or Khris Middleton.
The Bucks did not make any moves at the deadline and Kidd said Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jabari Parker were untouchable as far as the team was concerned. “Those guys are vault guys,” Kidd said. “They’re in the vault. You don’t start a conversation with Jabari or Giannis. There’s no conversation to be had, right. So word gets around that those guys are untradeable.”
The Bucks, sources say, are also turning aside the calls they’re getting on young forward Jabari Parker, who continues to recover from ACL surgery, but point guard Michael Carter-Williams is undeniably gettable.
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League sources say the camp’s final spot belongs to Charge guard Levi Randolph, who is currently playing for Team USA at the FIBA AmeriCup Qualifying games. Randolph is expected to officially sign his deal on Tuesday.
After waiving Rayjon Tucker early Saturday afternoon, the Cavs have 14 NBA players under contract. Lamar Stevens and Matt Mooney are both on two-way deals. The Cavs have also agreed to Exhibit 10 contracts with 2019 undrafted swingman Charles Matthews and Canton Charge center Marques Bolden.
Marc Stein: Still to be finalized, of course, is a firm NBA trade deadline for the 2020-21 season The league said earlier this week that its revised All-Star plans for this season will also be announced at a later date