Parker played a season-low four minutes off the bench Thursday against the Magic, with Malika Andrews of ESPN.com reporting the forward is expected to lose his rotation spot as soon as Saturday's tilt against the Spurs. It appears the Bulls won't waste any time trying to deal Parker elsewhere, as Johnson notes that there is "considerable interest in Parker as a player," but it may be tough to find a fit financially with his $20 million contract for this season.
Parker played a season-low four minutes off the bench in Thursday's 97-91 loss to the Magic in Mexico City, finishing with zero points (0-1 FG), one rebound and one assist.
All of Parker's minutes were in the first half and came after Malika Andrews of ESPN.com reported earlier Thursday that the forward would lose his rotation spot as soon as Saturday in San Antonio. It appears only Chandler Hutchison's (illness) absence allowed Parker to earn some light run Thursday, so once the Bulls are back to full strength, the 2014 No. 2 overall pick will struggle to leave the bench most nights. Parker is averaging a solid 15.2 points and 6.9 rebounds per game for the season, but his poor defense and the recent returns of Bobby Portis and Lauri Markkanen from long-term injuries have cost him playing time and eliminated most of his fantasy value.
Parker is expected to play Thursday against Orlando with Chandler Hutchison (illness) out, but he won't see everyday minutes past Thursday, ESPN's Malika Andrews reports.
This is a surprising development, especially given Parker's recent two-year, $40 million contract that he signed with the Bulls over this past offseason. He's averaged 24.5 minutes along with 10.8 points per contest over his previous four games but will no longer receive regular minutes following Thursday's matchup. Bobby Portis and Kris Dunn could be in line for an uptick in minutes as a result.
Parker had seven points (3-6 FG, 1-1 3Pt) and three rebounds in 19 minutes during Monday's 108-89 loss to the Kings.
Parker saw the same amount of playing time as Bobby Portis, who made his return to the lineup following a lengthy absence with a knee injury. It's not comforting that Portis, who was expected to be limited to 20-to-24 minutes in this one, earned just as much time as Parker. Furthermore, Parker has now scored in single digits in consecutive contests after reaching double figures in 25 of his first 26 appearances this season.
Parker compiled 16 points (6-14 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 4-5 FT), seven rebounds, four assists, and one steal in 23 minutes during Friday's 114-112 victory over Oklahoma City.
Parker played just 23 minutes off the bench in Friday's victory but still managed a nice all-around performance. The playing time was Parker's lowest for the season and could be a sign of things to come. He is an odd fit for the Bulls and exactly where he plays remains to be seen. He is still worth holding in standard formats but be prepared for a downward trend that could be coming.
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