Published: Mon, July 16, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Bulls sign Jabari Parker

Bulls sign Jabari Parker

Jabari Parker is getting his wish. And the Bulls are hoping Parker's injuries are behind him.

Saturday, July 14 it was announced Parker and the Chicago Bulls agreed to a $40 million, two-year contract, bringing the talented and oft-injured forward to his hometown team.

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.

In Chicago, Parker will join a young nucleus that includes Wendell Carter Jr., Kris Dunn, Lauri Markkanen and Zach LaVine.

"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 ideal example of doing exactly that, and we're very appreciative". The plan could work out, if Parker stays healthy and would certainly be a welcome change in the Bulls' fortunes, which have been up, down, hit-and-miss (but mostly miss) since another prospect's career was all but ended by an ACL injury.

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While some of the future National Basketball Association stars are lighting up the court in Las Vegas in Summer League, Milwaukee Bucks forward Jabari Parker chose to take his game to the blacktop and take on some fans in a pickup game. He had his best season in 2016-17 - averaging 20 points, six rebounds and almost three assists in 50 games before suffering another knee injury.

Once April rolled around, Parker seemed to get into a groove. In six games that month, he averaged 19.5 points, 8.2 rebounds and two assists while shooting 49.5 percent from the field and 45.8 percent from beyond the arc. Chicago quickly came to an agreement with Parker soon thereafter.

Fans in the area flocked to the court and Parker played in some pick-up games with those that showed up.

"That's just who he is", said Smith, who coached Parker and led his team to four-consecutive state championships. "It wouldn't bother him".

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