Jazz Have Interest In Jabari Parker

The Jazz are one of the teams that have interest in Bulls forward Jabari Parker, according to Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer. A report on Friday indicated that Chicago had engaged in trade discussions involving Parker, who doesn’t project to be part of the Bulls’ future and has drawn interest from multiple clubs.

Parker’s appeal as a trade chip may be somewhat limited, given his subpar defensive play and his $20MM salary. If the Bulls were willing to take on a multiyear contract or two in exchange for Parker’s expiring deal, it could open up additional opportunities, but finding the expiring salaries necessary to match that $20MM figure will be trickier.

Still, as O’Connor observes, the Jazz are one team that could be a match, as Derrick Favors is earning $16.9MM and has a non-guaranteed salary (also worth $16.9MM) for 2019/20. Favors isn’t an ideal frontcourt fit next to Rudy Gobert and may not have a future in Utah, so the Jazz may be in the market for a stretch four like Parker who could better complement Gobert.

Of course, from the Bulls’ perspective, Favors – who can’t be moved until January 15 – wouldn’t be a particularly attractive return on his own, considering the Bulls already have Wendell Carter, Lauri Markkanen, Robin Lopez, and Bobby Portis in their frontcourt. O’Connor notes that it’s hard to see Chicago taking back Favors in a Parker deal unless additional assets are included.

While it remains to be seen if the Jazz are the right fit for a Parker trade, it seems inevitable that Chicago will make a deal at some point before February 7. A source told Joe Cowley of The Chicago Sun-Times over the weekend that Parker’s camp is hoping the Bulls will move the former No. 2 overall pick and is working with the team to try to find him a better situation.

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25 thoughts on “Jazz Have Interest In Jabari Parker

  1. natsfan3437

    He would be a good fit for them since he only scores.They can hide him in defense because of ingles and Gobert.

  2. Tramore

    This has nothing to do with the jazz, but how about a 3 team trade:

    Celtics: Holiday, right to swap 20 first rounders with the bulls
    Bulls: Whiteside, Winslow, Rozier, Bird(will be weaved)
    Heat: Parker, Lopez, Payne, 20 and 21 second rounders from the Celtics

    • Ironmonger835

      Trash. Why would the Bulls want Hassan Whiteside? And swap picks with the Celtics? Are you Bill Simmons in disguise?

      • DuffManCometh

        They do, but you need to use bitcoin to buy them, due to the fact that they’re on the endangered species list.

        • Yes that’s true, but if you disguise them with an Orioles jersey and hat you can get away with it. Bitcoin gets you the best deal but as with all craft fairs, Cash is King.

  3. Z-A

    I think the Sixers could workout as a 3rd team.

    Favors to the Sixers
    Chandler + a Sixers 2nd or of them to the Bulls
    Parker to the Jazz

    Works for each party involved. Bulls are devaluing him pulling him from the lineup anyway. Sixers need a more consistent 4 who can also play the 5.

  4. I kept saying he should have went to the Jazz. It’s gonna be a tough trade. Utah could offer Thabo, and Udoh but those two combined are make up roughly 8 million of Jabari’s 20 million dollar salary. Favors would have to go but a 3rd team would have to be involved.

  5. yoyo137

    The biggest mistake the Bulls could make would be to take on a multiyear contract or give up a 1st round pick to facilitate moving Parker. He’s on a 1 year deal because of the option next year. You don’t want to give up future assets or possible cap space to a guy you took a flier on for 1 year. Just waive him or let the season play out and keep him on the roster in case of injuries.

    • Bryzzo2016

      Umm, why would the Bulls give up a 1st rounder to move him? Or take a horrible contract that won’t expire like Parker’s does at years end? That’s ridiculous. The Bulls don’t HAVE to trade him unless it gets them something they like in return. He’s an expiring contract. They could simply keep him on the end of the bench and he’ll be off the books next year.

      • binoyt

        Absolutely, if it’s not benefitting the Bulls he’ll remain with the team till the end of the year.

  6. Parker has negative trade value at this point. Expecting anything in return except a contract swap is silly

  7. Favors is a more valuable asset than Parker, even with his pure expiring deal. They would do better dealing him for a quality player on a multi-year deal if he’s not in the plan longer term.

  8. Johnny h

    Can’t really think of a decent team that could use Parker more than Utah. They need buckets in the worst way, and Mitchell is being asked to do too much on that end

  9. Luckylefty2

    Magic: mosgov, jerrell Martin
    Bulls: Parker

    Martin can find more playing time on a tanking team while Parker can be the backup 4 man to isaac.

  10. formerlyz

    Jabari would be a good fit in Utah for multiple reasons.

    What would it take for the Heat to get Jabari? Could they use Waiters/Kelly Olynyk or Hassan Whiteside? Obviously it’s a lot of salary for matching purposes

    • Ironmonger835

      No! No one wants the Heats horrible contracts for mediocre role players.

  11. Bryzzo2016

    The Bulls will either take a young wing they like, a late 1st or a couple of 2nds, or they’ll just keep him til the end of the year when his salary comes off the books. The Bulls aren’t desperate to move him and they’re certainly not gonna take a bad contract that goes beyond this season.

  12. Expect this years trade deadline to be quiet. The sellers don’t have the assets the buyers are looking for.

  13. x%sure

    Chicago should have no problem finding a third team to take Favors. He’s a quality 5 who can play the 4.

  14. Jason Lancaster

    Parker is allergic to defense, and Milwaukee is better without him because he’s a net negative.

    Utah is always willing to take on long term money because they can’t attract free agents. Kevin Love for Favors plus a pick or two makes way more sense.

    Or another guard that can drive and create looks.

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