Knicks Among Teams With Interest In Jabari Parker

The Knicks are among the clubs that have expressed preliminary interest in Bulls forward Jabari Parker, sources tell Ian Begley of (Twitter link). According to Begley, nothing appears imminent at the moment.

Parker, who signed a two-year, $40MM contract with the Bulls in the offseason, hasn’t worked out for his hometown team so far and was recently pulled from the rotation. While it’s possible the former No. 2 overall pick will get a chance to return to the court now that Bobby Portis is on the shelf with an ankle injury, Chicago is said to be working on finding Parker a new home, engaging in trade talks with multiple teams.

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Parker continues to produce on offense (15.2 PPG) and has pulled down a career-high 6.9 boards per game this season, but has struggled from beyond the arc (.293 3PT%) and his defensive effort has been called into question.

The Knicks are off to a 9-24 start and appear lottery-bound. As such, they wouldn’t be counting on Parker to turn their season around. Instead, he could appeal to New York because of his contract situation — his $20MM salary for 2019/20 is a team option, so if the Bulls were willing to trade him in a deal involving a player with multiyear guarantees like Tim Hardaway Jr. or Courtney Lee, it would create additional flexibility for the Knicks during 2019’s free agent period. And if Parker played well in New York, the team could explore keeping him beyond this season.

Begley notes (via Twitter) that the Knicks have been “steadfast” about not including future first-round picks in trades, and that stance would almost certainly apply to any Parker scenario as well.

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25 thoughts on “Knicks Among Teams With Interest In Jabari Parker

    • jkoms57

      They’d be doing it to open cap space this summer.

      Sure he’d get his look on the court, but anyone interested in Parker just wants cap space this off-season

  1. bennyg

    Should take of Melos contract too….
    Parker and Melo off the bench – instant offense, NIL defence!

  2. Knicks are trying to pull off a Full Morey. It’s not working any longer for him, and it’s unlikely to work for the Knicks.

    The Knicks shouldn’t have an issue moving Lee (once healthy) for an expiring contract, but it will be to a contender that’s not looking at cap space next summer, not the rebuilding Bulls who are. If they can’t, they can next summer assuming they actually need a max slot for something. There won’t be a 1st round pick involved.

    They’re stuck with THJ – or maybe they can deal him for an equally over paid player for the same number of years. He’s a high end backup with a quality starter’s salary. I don’t think anyone is going to see it any different.

  3. Richard Hangslow

    When are nba teams going to learn, stop drafting duke players they never develop past role players. Grant Hill is the only exception to that rule. Before someone jumps in with Kyrie, he only played 6 games in college, not enough time for coach k to kill your development.

    • kyleallen

      So you wouldn’t draft RJ Barrett or Zion Williamson because they go to Duke? lol

        • kyleallen

          I’m not arguing, I’m just asking if you had the chance to draft either of them, you wouldn’t because they go to duke?

        • bravesfan88

          Grant Hill, JJ Reddick, Elton Brand, Luol Deng, Shane Battier, Carlos Boozer, Mike Dunleavy, Corey Maggette, Justice Winslow, Jayson Tatum, Brandon Ingram, Wendell Carter Jr., Marvin Bagley, and Yes, Kyrie Irving..Who Coach K has been a mentor and big influence for, regardless how many games Kyrie played for him..And, btw, it was more than 6 games..

          Among others I’m sure I’m forgetting, or just flat out don’t know, especially since I’m not even a Duke fan..

          • x%sure

            Duke is better than nothing, which is where we’re heading in 2022. And better than European-style sports academies.

            It is possible to compare the effectiveness of taking different pathways within a given system. I would like to see that done with instate vs out-of-state recruiting, for one.

      • Richard Hangslow

        Coach Mike has been at Duke for 39 years and has had 71 players drafted, Duke players bust out regularly. If you’re going to gamble then gamble with Calipari players.

        • bravesfan88

          Your argument is the equivalent of saying the guys that came out of HS and busted, that their HS/AAU coaches were terrible at developing talent..

          Not to mention, any college coaches job is basically just to get his players to play as a team, learn his system, and win as many games as possible. Yes, they can help teach some good habbits, like communicating on defense, setting effective screens, ball movement, etc., but it’s extremely difficult to have a real impact on a player in just one season.

          Again, college is merely a stopgap between HS and the pros..You can’t really hurt or help a player all that much only having them for about a half a year..

    • College coaches don’t “develop” NBA All Stars. Even Calipari isn’t delusional enough to think that, or, if he is, he’s smart enough not to say it.

      NBA All Stars are born. All a college coach can do is recruit them, and put them in the best position to succeed while in college. So, if players from a particular college program underachieve their draft status in the NBA, then astute basketball people would generally see that as saying something positive about the college program and its coach. They made guys seem better than they were to the best evaluators in the world. So, it’s comical that you would suggest the same phenomenon means Coach K “ruined” them.

      I’m not a huge fan of Coach K. But he’s a far better developer of talent than (say) Calipari, who is basically just a collector of it. By the time a guy is in a position to justify a very high draft status, a college coach is irrelevant. That guy has gotten all the help with his development that any player could ask for or even tolerate, times 2. At that point, it’s ALL talent.

  4. So if a player doesn’t develop in the nba its their college coach’s fault.

    • bravesfan88

      Precisely!! Not to mention, most of the draft picks only spend about a half a year with those awful, inept coaches!! haha lol..

      Yeah, it’s clearly just someone that has some type of vendetta against Coach K..I’d guess he’s probably Cherokee Parks’

  5. hill

    The Bulls “appear to be” lottery bound.

    Also, the Pacific Ocean “appears to be” wet.

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