Parker was working with the second unit when Thursday's practice opened, K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Looking for a spark, coach Fred Hoiberg started Bobby Portis over Parker during Wednesday's contest. Portis finished with 20 points (8-11 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 1-2 FT), six rebounds, two assists, two steals and a block in 22 minutes. Parker finished with 11 points (4-12 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 2-2 FT), six rebounds, two assists and two blocks in 26 minutes. This situation is certainly fluid, but it's not encouraging that Parker's status as a starter is already in question just a week before the regular season. Even if he comes off the bench, he should have fantasy relevancy, but fantasy owners who have yet to draft a team should take caution when evaluating Parker.
Parker will come off the bench Wednesday against the Pacers.
Parker's tenure in Chicago has gotten off to a bit of a rocky start, and the shift to the bench could be in response to Parker's questionable effort on both ends of the floor thus far in the preseason. The 23-year-old is a combined 9-of-37 from the floor in three preseason games, including just 4-of-23 over his last two games. Robin Lopez will also move to the bench Wednesday, with Bobby Portis and Wendell Carter, Jr. filling the vacated spots in the starting five.
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Parker agreed to the contract shortly after the Bucks rescinded his qualifying offer, which rendered him an unrestricted free agent.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.
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