On Thursday Night, the Chicago Bulls orchestrated a trade to send veteran shooting guard Justin Holiday to the Memphis Grizzlies for two second round picks, Wayne Selden, and Marshon Brooks. With Gar Forman and John Paxon making it clear that they are willing to unload some veterans, it seems appropriate to examine some potential trade packages for Jabari Parker.
The Jabari Parker experiment hasn’t gone according to plan as he has fallen out of the rotation under the Bulls’ new head coach, Jim Boylen. Although this move isn’t exactly permanent, the Bulls are still going to entertain calls to move him and his contract. Whoever does trade for him will gain a player who has strong scoring abilities and who is very versatile. On top of that, he is only 23 years old so it comes as no surprise that there are many teams that are interested in his services. Below is a breakdown of three teams that could trade for him.
Portland Trail Blazers
The Trail Blazers are currently sitting in the seventh seed in a very competitive Western Conference. The prime reason for their strong seeding is from the play of Damian Lillard, C.J. McCollum, and Jusuf Nurkic. Despite, their strong play, the bench has severely struggled without a single player averaging more than 10 points per game. Insert Jabari Parker.
Parker would instantly become the sixth man for the Trail Blazers, and he can become an instant scorer for the squad while also helping to lead the second unit. In addition, the Bulls would have the cap room to absorb contracts of Meyers Leonard and Al-Farouq Aminu. This trade would be a win-win as Leonard could become a solid bench player for the Bulls, while Aminu is on an expiring contract. Parker would immediately provide another scoring option for the Blazers.
Bulls receive: Meyers Leonard, Al-Farouq Aminu, and Future 1st Round Pick
Blazers receive: Jabari Parker and Antonio Blakeney
At 20-21, the Jazz have gotten off to a slow start despite their plans to contend in the West. They are playing better basketball as of late, but could use some additional scoring to help Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert out. Insert Jabari Parker. Parker would fit well next to Gobert and instantly provide a stretch four that can help with spacing for the Jazz.
On the other hand, Derrick Favors has struggled to play next to Gobert. He is an awkward fit because he cannot shoot the three ball well, as he is only shooting 29.3% from the three point line. In addition, his salary for next season is non-guaranteed. Although the Bulls are loaded with young bigs, this could be a trade worth doing because they can attain some more draft capital to use in future trades or in a strong 2019 draft. Finally, Favors can act as a mentor to the young Bulls, which can be very beneficial for their developing core. Favors cannot be traded until after January 15th, so the Bulls would have to wait before engaging in more talks.
Bulls Receive: Derrick Favors and 2020 First Round Pick
Jazz Receive: Jabari Parker
The Sacramento Kings currently have a nice youth movement. The development of De’Aaron Fox and Buddy Hield has helped the Kings become very competitive this season. Adding Parker to their core would allow Hield to move to his natural position of shooting guard and give the Kings have capable scorer. It would give the Kings much needed balance that could help them gain more ground in a tight playoff race.
In terms of the Bulls, the Kings may not be willing to deal away some of their young pieces. Still, with the Kings finally playing well after a long time, it might be enough to coax a draft pick along with an expensive contract. Since the Kings have plenty of cap room, it wouldn’t be too difficult to create a trade.
Bulls receive: Iman Shumpert and 2020 Second Round Pick
Kings receive Jabari Parker
After trading away Justin Holiday, it is clear that the Bulls are shopping the veterans that they don’t want. Although Parker has plenty of potential, he hasn’t been able to live up to the hype of signing with his hometown team. It isn’t all his fault, but that’s the situation he currently faces. Only time will tell if he gets traded or not, but these teams seem like good destinations with whom Parker and the Bulls can conduct business.
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