Will Jabari Parker pack his bags from the Windy City and head to Salt Lake City? We can’t answer that question just yet. But we can report that interest is ramping up.
The Jazz have emerged as one of several teams interested in Parker’s services, according to The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor.
However, Utah’s front office is denying that the team is looking to acquire Parker from the Bulls. In fact they say they haven’t discussed a deal with the Bulls all season, according to team writer Andy Larsen.
Jazz management sources tell The Salt Lake Tribune that the Jazz have had no conversations with Chicago management regarding any deal this season.
— Andy Larsen (@andyblarsen) December 17, 2018
So don’t make any travel plans just yet.
Chicago signed Parker on a one-year, $20 million contract that has a team option heading into next summer. However, with recent turmoil plaguing the Bulls, interim head coach Jim Boylen has removed him from the starting rotation.
Chicago has a number of suitors lined up to create a potential deal with for the 23-year-old. If the Jazz are willing to trade, they’re also going to need a suitor to take Derrick Favors’ $16.9 million cap hit as well. Additionally, Favors cannot be traded until after January 15, 2019.
In 29 games this season, the former second overall pick (2014) is averaging 15.2 points on 45.5 percent shooting. When your whole deal is being a volume scorer, you’ll need to do better than that.
Will he finish the season in Chicago, or is this the beginning of the end?