Milwaukee Bucks small forward Jabari Parker is a restricted free agent this summer and will draw interest from a bevy of teams.
According to a report from Gery Woelfel, the Sacramento Kings, Chicago Bulls, Philadelphia 76ers, Indiana Pacers, Utah Jazz, Atlanta Hawks, Phoenix Suns and Brooklyn Nets all have interest in Parker.
As a restricted free agent, Parker can sign an offer sheet with another team and then the Bucks have to decide if they want to match it or not.
The Bucks selected Parker with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2014 draft. At the time, the franchise envisioned Parker as being the face of the organization for years to come. His injuries, however, coupled with the emergence of Giannis Antetokounmpo, changed Parker’s role and his relationship with management.
Parker has suffered two ACL tears. The Chicago native and the Bucks held brief discussions before this past season started regarding a contract extension, but Milwaukee’s offer was too low, at least according to Parker’s camp.
Milwaukee dangled Parker in trade talks at the February trade deadline and Parker’s camp was well aware of it, league sources told Amico Hoops. The 23-year-old said in April he was uncertain about his future with the Bucks.
In 31 games in 2017-18, Parker averaged 12.6 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.9 assists while shooting 48.2 percent from the field and 38.3 percent from three.
During the postseason, Parker complained about the lack of minutes he was getting from coach Joe Prunty, saying you have to be on the coaches “good side” to get playing time. Parker played roughly 24 minutes a game against the Boston Celtics during the seven-game first-round series and put up 10.0 points per contest.
Parker has talked openly about how he would love to play for his hometown team, the Bulls. The Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Clippers also have high regard for Parker and could do a sign-and-trade deal with the Bucks to acquire him.