As expected, Jabari Parker’s Milwaukee Bucks career has come to an end.
The 23-year-old will be returning to his hometown as he’s signed a two-year deal with the Chicago Bulls.
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Parker’s contract will be worth $40 million.
The deal was made possible by the Bucks after they removed the qualifying offer on the restricted free agent and made him unrestricted.
They had no plans to match any offer sheet the small forward received and were always prepared to part ways with him this summer.
“Jabari and I felt it was in the best interest of both he and the team to rescind our qualifying offer, making him an unrestricted free agent,” said Horst.
“We appreciate everything Jabari has brought to our team and our community over the last four years and we wish him well.”
But Milwaukee wanted Parker to join the team of his choice and helped to facilitate the move to Chicago.
Woj reports that the deal “allowed a good-faith gesture for Parker to sign a shorter deal with the Bulls.”
“We really love Jabari and wanted to work with him on this, because we weren’t going to match an offer sheet,” Horst told ESPN.
No place like home
As soon as the Bulls expressed an interest in the former Duke product, he was determined to return to his native city.
Parker spent four years with the Bucks after they drafted him with the number two overall pick in 2014.
But he suffered two ACL injuries during that time and played just 183 games out of a possible 328.
Parker wanted a big contract and the Bucks were not willing to give in to his demands due to his health concerns.
The Bulls, however, are hoping to rejuvenate his career and help him fulfil his promise.
He’s a hugely talented player but has had extremely bad luck with injuries and maybe needed a fresh start to rebuild his confidence.
Over his four seasons in the NBA, Parker has averaged 15.3 points and 5.5 rebounds per game.
His best campaign came in the 2016-17 campaign where he put up a career-high 20.1 points, 6.1 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game.
However, his impressive year came to an end when he tore his ACL for the second time.
That hasn’t put the Bulls off, however, and they believe in the promise he showed two years ago.
There’s no doubt that he can still become an elite scorer in the league and has his best days ahead of him.
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