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.