Jabari Parker would be a nice addition for the New York Knicks
Chicago Bulls’ forward Jabari Parker has fallen out of head coach Jim Boylen’s rotation and the New York Knicks are now one of several teams interested in trading for the former No. 2 overall pick.
ESPN’s Ian Begley broke the news on Thursday of the Knicks’ interest in Parker, who has been averaging 15.2 points, 2.3 assists, while shooting 45.5 percent from the field and 29.3 percent from three point range.
Pakrer is currently on a one-year, $20 million contract with the Bulls after spending his first few NBA seasons with the Milwaukee Bucks, who took him second overall in the 2014 NBA Draft.
Parker’s contract does have an option for a second year that can be exercised by whichever team he finishes the season with. The second year would also pay him $20 million for the 2019-20 season.
Parker has had a hard time solidifying himself as an NBA start due to the fact that he’s had a hard time staying healthy.
With Noah Vonleh doing a solid job as the Knicks’ starting power forward, Parker would be a nice option for New York and would likely be a starter for them. This would allow Vonleh to come off the bench and give them some much needed depth.
With the Bulls already having young talent like Bobby Portis, Lauri Markkanen and Wendell Carter Jr. at the forward spot, I would be surprised if they re-sign Parker after this season. With that being said, trading Parker makes sense for them.
If the Knicks do pull the trigger on a move for Parker, they won’t be giving up any future first round picks, according to Begley.
With Parker being a good, not great player, Knicks’ general manager Scott Perry would be smart to hold onto his first round picks.
No one still knows whether or not Parker can stay healthy and become a superstar in the NBA.
When using ESPN’s NBA trade machine one move that would work for the Knicks is giving away Tim Hardaway Jr. for Parker.
If the Knicks wanted to get rid of Courtney Lee, they would have to add Lance Thomas to the trade in order to make the salaries work.
If the Knicks are willing to wait, they might be able to sign Parker as a free agent next summer if the Bulls don’t pick up his option.
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