Jabari Parker reportedly dropped from Chicago Bulls rotation


Parker joined his hometown Bulls last offseason on a two-year, $40 million contract with the expectation he'd be their sixth man, but things haven't gone to plan.

And now he could exit Chicago by Christmas. Parker was on the court for just four minutes in the Bulls' 97-91 loss to the Orlando Magic on Thursday.

The Sun-Times reported that now that Parker became eligible to trade this weekend, the Bulls front office had already started the process of talking to teams. Boylen ruled out playing Parker at power forward. The bigger question is what the Bulls would be seeking in exchange for Parker. 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. Most players getting paid in such a range are key players for their teams.

Parker, who grew up in Chicago and played his high school ball at the famed Simeon Career Academy, says he was surprised by the move.

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His initial season in Chicago has been rocky.

Meanwhile, the NBA schedule demands the Bulls keep playing their scheduled games, and after leaving the 7,000 foot altitude of Mexico City, they'll head to San Antonio, where the Spurs are suddenly playing their best basketball of the season, winning four games in a row by double digits. The team has gotten healthier in the frontcourt with second-year forward Lauri Markkanen returning to the team last week after being sidelined with an elbow injury.

After the Bulls struggled, former coach Fred Hoiberg shifted Parker to a reserve role after three games in the preseason.

According to Andrews' report, the Bulls are incredibly yet to take a day off in Boylen's 10 days in charge. He's shooting 45.5 percent overall and 29.3 percent on 3-pointers.