FRIDAY, 8:56am: Parker indeed has a torn ACL that the team expects will keep him out for the remainder of the season, the Bucks announced.
THURSDAY, 9:42pm: Bucks rookie Jabari Parker is expected to miss the remainder of the season with a suspected tear of the ACL in his left knee, Marc Stein of ESPN.com reports. The rookie injured the knee during the third quarter of Monday night’s contest against the Suns when his knee buckled during a drive to the basket. This injury now means two of the top three picks in this year’s NBA draft are likely out for the season, including Joel Embiid, who was selected No. 3 overall by the Sixers. The team and Parker’s representatives are conferring on when the surgery will be scheduled for the first-year player, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports tweets.
Milwaukee currently has 15 players on its roster, all of whom are on fully guaranteed contracts, which means the team would need to release a player and eat the remainder of their salary in order to add another player to the squad. With the Bucks currently under the salary cap they would be ineligible to apply for a Disabled Player Exception in order to sign another player.
Parker was the early favorite for Rookie of the Year honors through the first 25 games of the season, averaging 12.3 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 1.7 assists in 29.5 minutes per night. His slash line is .490/.250/.697.