Parker accumulated 15 points (5-14 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 4-4 FT), eight rebounds and four assists across 25 minutes during Sunday's 128-116 preseason win over the Pelicans.
During his first game as a member of the Bulls, Parker showed off a full offensive skillset, scoring and getting his teammates involved. He also nearly racked up a double-double. He is expected to start at power forward while Lauri Markkanen (elbow) is sidelined.
Parker agreed to the contract shortly after the Bucks rescinded his qualifying offer, which rendered him an unrestricted free agent. The former No. 2 overall pick and Illinois native will now look to rejuvenate his career after two ACL injuries have kept sidelined for the better part of his four seasons in the league. While the Bucks no doubt would have liked some more time to see how he could have meshed with Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris MIddleton, the competitive offer Parker received from Chicago was too rich for Milwaukee. The Duke product likely projects as the Bulls' new starting small forward, a role that should prove beneficial to his offensive output. However, his shortcomings on the defensive end could prevent him from earning a minutes load on par with the team's other established starters.
Parker and the Bulls are finalizing a contract in the range of two years and $40 million, K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Parker, an Illinois native, will be heading home unless the Bucks choose to match the Bulls offer. They would likely have to make some roster decisions in order to create the cap space necessary, so it is looking more and more likely that the former No. 1 overall pick will be shifting teams in the division. Once the deal is finalized Milwuakee will have 48 hours to match. Parker has torn his ACL twice since entering the league, which has been cause for concern for teams when determining how big of a contract to offer.
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.
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