Jabari Parker Will Reportedly Be Removed From The Bulls Rotation
- Author: Angelo Rivera Dec 16, 2018,
Dec 16, 2018, 1:25
Jabari Parker might not be bench-ridden for long.
Parker is eligible to be traded as of December 15th, and there will be plenty of suitors calling the Bulls' front office to check on their asking price for a former number two overall pick.
The 23-year-old Parker signed a two-year, $40 million deal with the team in the offseason.
Coach Jim Boylen drastically cut down Parker's usage since taking over.
On Thursday night, just 29 games into his contract, Parker saw just four minutes of action and has reportedly lost his spot in the rotation.
The problem is the Bulls should have known about Parker's defensive issues when they signed him back in July, especially since the Bucks quickly found out he wouldn't be able to defend playing at the small forward position during his 4 year run in Milwaukee.
Parker was asked if he would demand a trade from the organization, and said, "That's between me and him". "But it is what it is". You can't pout. You've just got to keep moving.
Parker is not the only one frustrated in Chicago.
Part of the problem with Boylen's hard-handed style is his requirement that the players do unconventional drills at the National Basketball Association level such as running suicides.
Parker's numbers of 15.8 points and 7.1 rebounds are solid, but the Bulls seem to think he doesn't make much of a difference when it comes to winning and losing.
"Going forward, he's part of our team, and it's not about the individual, it's about the team", Boylen added. "It's about playing your minutes the best you can", Boylen said.
That's unlikely, but we've seen stranger things. From a talent perspective, there is no question that Parker brings a lot to the table but, in the same breath, his lack of defensive aptitude can be brutal from a team-building perspective.