Milwaukee Bucks Forward Jabari Parker Hosts Pickup Game In Local Park

Milwaukee Bucks Forward Jabari Parker Hosts Pickup Game In Local Park

Milwaukee Bucks Forward Jabari Parker Hosts Pickup Game In Local Park

Parker is from Chicago, so it makes sense that he's interested in the Bulls.

"Jabari is a 23-year-old player who is a natural fit with our young core, and is a proven scorer at the National Basketball Association level", general manager Gar Forman said in a statement.

The Bucks weren't going to match a Bulls offer sheet, and the deal - brokered with Parker's agent Mark Bartelstein - allowed a good-faith gesture for Parker to sign a shorter deal with the Bulls.

The Chicago Bulls announced Saturday Parker agreed to a two-year, $40 million contract. He played 31 games previous year, averaging 12.6 points and 4.9 rebounds. As a restricted free agent, whatever deal the Bulls offer Parker, the Bucks have the opportunity to match it. Parker voiced his displeasure with the team toward the end of the season, and it felt as if the two sides weren't on the same page heading into the offseason. He had his best season in 2016-17 - averaging 20.1 points, 6.2 rebounds and 2.8 assists in 51 games before suffering another knee injury. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. He had been a restricted free agent, but the Milwaukee Bucks pulled their qualifying offer at the last moment, allowing Parker to become an unrestricted free agent and simply agree to a deal with the Bulls. "We appreciate everything Jabari has brought to our team and our community over the last four years and we wish him well".

Bartelstein praised the Bucks for "working side-by-side with us".

Fans in the area flocked to the court and Parker played in some pick-up games with those that showed up. Jabari Parker is coming home. He's an athletic big who can step out and hit the three.

Parker, 23, has suffered two different ACL tears in his left knee during his career and, as a result, hasn't exactly been a ideal fit in Milwaukee during the first four years of his National Basketball Association career.

Chicago also released guard Julyan Stone and forward Paul Zipser on Saturday.

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