This was an expected move, as the Bucks will now have the ability to match any offer sheet Parker elects to sign this offseason. There are still plenty of questions, however, surrounding Parker's value in the open market given that he has torn his ACL twice in four years and has shown some inconstancies on both ends of the floor. But given that Parker is just 23 years old and has shown bursts of talent when healthy, he should get plenty of looks from teams around the league this offseason.
Parker totaled 16 points (5-10 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 4-6 FT), seven rebounds, three blocks, two steals, and one assist in 24 minutes during Sunda's 104-102 victory over the Celtics.
Parker had another strong performance Sunday, backing up his previous outing. The five defensive stats were particularly impressive and he appeared much more focused on both ends of the floor. The series now moves back to Boston where the Bucks will look to continue the momentum and try to steal home-court advantage back.
Parker finished with 17 points (7-12 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 2-4 FT), five rebounds, two assists, two blocks and one steal across 30 minutes during Milwaukee's 116-92 win over the Celtics in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference first-round playoff series.
Parker thrived with his most extensive playing time of the series, leading the bench in scoring while drawing even with Eric Bledsoe for second overall on the team for the night. The 23-year-old had seen a modest 25 minutes over the first pair of contests against the Celtics, but the Bucks' sizable lead afforded him a nice bump in minutes Friday. He'll look to make his mark again in Game 4 on Sunday, although he's unlikely to approach the same allotment of playing time.
Parker produced 25 points (9-15 FG, 6-8 FT), five rebounds, and one steal in 24 minutes during Wednesday's 130-95 loss to the 76ers.
Parker continued to fill it up despite returning to a reserve role with Giannis Antetokounmpo (ankle) rejoining the lineup. Parker has scored in double figures in all six April affairs while hauling in double-digit boards in three of those tilts as well. Expect him to remain their go-to offensive option off the bench in the playoffs.
Parker will shift back to the bench for Wednesday's game against Philadelphia, Matt Velazquez of the Journal Sentinel reports.
With a healthy roster and Giannis Antetokounmpo back in the mix, the Bucks will go back to their most traditional lineup, with Antetokounmpo at the four, alongside John Henson, Tony Snell, Khris Middleton and Eric Bledsoe. That'll likely be the team's regular look heading into the postseason.
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