Mark Bartelstein Rumors
The Bucks weren’t going to match a Bulls offer sheet, and the deal — brokered with Parker’s agent Mark Bartelstein — allowed a good-faith gesture for Parker to sign a shorter deal with the Bulls. “We really love Jabari and wanted to work with him on this, because we weren’t going to match an offer sheet,” Horst told ESPN.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Bucks GM Jon Horst tells ESPN that Bucks weren’t going to match offer sheet, and worked in good faith with Parker and his agent Mark Bartelstein to let them negotiate the unrestricted deal with Bulls. There was no harm for Bucks to make the gesture.
The second overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, Parker has appeared in 183 career games for the Bucks over his four-year career. 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. “Jabari and I express our sincere gratitude to Jon Horst and Bucks owners Marc Lasry, Wes Edens and Jamie Dinan for working side-by-side with us throughout the free agency period,” said Mark Bartelstein, CEO, Priority Sports & Entertainment. From the moment the Bucks drafted Jabari with the No. 2 pick in the 2014 Draft, they have gone out of their way to treat Jabari as a member of the Bucks family, and this is another perfect example of doing exactly that, and we’re very appreciative.”
Frank Madden: Sidenote to Ersan Ilyasova returning to Milwaukee: Ilyasova’s agent Andy Shiffman works for Priority Sports….aka Mark Bartelstein, Jabari Parker’s agent. Would have loved to hear what the Bucks promised Ersan in terms of role given he might not have one if Parker returned.
The possibility kept growing. And growing. So, as Thursday morning rolled around and the NBA Draft crept closer, Tim Connelly asked agent Mark Bartelstein if he would put his young client, Michael Porter Jr., on the phone. Bartelstein obliged and, just hours before the draft began, Connelly had his first official conversation with the surprise pick of the draft no one saw coming. “Quite frankly, I thought it was a conversation just in case,” Connelly, Denver’s president of basketball operations, said late Thursday night, after Denver drafted Porter and, in the second round, Kentucky forward Jared Vanderbilt and UCLA big man Thomas Welsh. “I didn’t think it was a real possibility. We met about it extensively over the last 48 hours — what if, what if, what if. This morning, the what-if became a bit more real.”