Jabari Parker thinks he has given the Bulls everything he’s got.
The Duke product was selected by the Bucks with the second overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft, but recently inked a two-year $40 million deal with his hometown team in Chicago.
Since the Bulls fired Fred Hoiberg, Parker has fallen out of the team’s rotation. The new head coach Jim Boylen doesn’t feel Parker needs much usage, so he hasn’t played him in seven games. Needless to say, this hasn’t turned out to be the experience he always dreamed it would be.
“It definitely isn’t. And I’m sad to say that,” said Parker, via the Chicago Tribune. “I kept my end of the bargain.”
“Even when I was in Milwaukee, they knew what type of player I was,” Parker continued. “They kind of treated me accordingly. It’s just different. I’ve been consistent. Even in the beginning, it wasn’t easy, right? It wasn’t like a fair chance. They took me out of the lineup. I stayed professional. I didn’t pout. I kept going.”
Parker has averaged 15.2 points, 6.9 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 29 games this season, but has been criticized for his defense and shot selection. Multiple reports say Chicago is gauging the market in pursuit of a trade for him, but nothing has panned out yet.
The Bulls are struggling and have posted a 10-26 record so far this season and have won three of their last five games.
It’s unlikely Parker will play in Chicago’s game on Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. ET against the Raptors, and his future will the Bulls will remain a mystery for now.