It’s common knowledge now, but the Milwaukee Bucks rescinded their qualifying offer to Jabari Parker just two days ago. That made him an unrestricted free agent. Just hours later, Parker signed a two-year deal with his hometown Chicago Bulls. The deal is worth 20 million a year with a team option for the second year.
An Emotional Departure:
As expected as this move may have been for Bucks fans, it still cuts down to the core of their hearts. Parker was selected second overall by the Bucks in 2014. He had a ton of potential coming into the league. For example, people were even regarding him as the next LeBron James at one point. Sadly, things did not turn out that way for Parker.
After tearing his ACL in his rookie season and tearing that same ACL two seasons later, Parker’s career has already been labeled with lots of question marks. He’s still shown that he can be an impact player when healthy. Similar to Chicago native, Derrick Rose, Parker’s body only becomes more injury prone with time.
Happy for the man:
For the Bulls, the move makes fans question their front office. Remember they traded Rose back in 2016 due to his injured past. To ease fans problems, they just signed Zach LaVine to a four-year max deal and now Parker. Both have torn their ACL’s a combined three times despite being so young and entering the prime of their careers.
Regardless, Parker is a great basketball player on the court. He’s even better off the court. He constantly engaged with the Milwaukee community and was a great role model to kids all over. His departure definitely saddens fans around Milwaukee. However his reunion with his hometown should make any Bucks fan happy to see him happy.