The Utah Jazz may not want Jabari Parker, but the New York Knicks reportedly do. According to ESPN’s Ian Begley, they’re looking to acquire him from the Chicago Bulls. Nothing appears to be close to happening at this time, of course.
The Knicks are among the teams who have expressed preliminary interest in trading for Chicago's Jabari Parker, per ESPN sources. It doesn't appear that anything is imminent at the moment.
— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) December 20, 2018
Once again we must ask this question: why? Why do so many NBA teams seem to have interest in Parker?
Just recently, the Bulls removed him from their starting rotation. That’s not a great look for a 23-year-old former No. 2 overall pick. He also can’t play defense, for what it’s worth. Though now that Bobby Portis is hurt, that may change for a little bit.
This decision also comes on the heels of an offseason in which the Bulls paid him $20 million for one season. The contract does include an option for next season at $20 million as well. But we can safely say that nobody is going to pick that up unless Parker starts averaging like 25 points per game or something. At this point, that seems highly unlikely to happen.
Across 29 appearances this season, Parker is averaging 15.2 points per game on 45.5 percent shooting. Meanwhile, the Bulls are a league-worst 7-25. That’s right, even the Phoenix Suns (8-24) have more wins than the Bulls now. At least they’ll be able to move Parker though, right?
The Knicks are off to a 9-24 start this season and have lost three in a row.