Yesterday, ESPN reported that the New York Knicks were interested in Chicago Bull Jabari Parker. Parker, drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks in 2014, has not lived up to the hype. I think two ACL injuries was a primary contributer to that narrative.
He signed with the Chicago Bulls this past off-season, one-year $20 million, with a team option for next season.
New York was said to have interest, but several teams are. However, the Knicks need to do what they can to get this deal done and here’s why.
New York Knicks Cap Space:
If the Knicks were able to pull this trade off that would be amazing for the organization’s rebuilding process. The Bulls, also rebuilding, would most likely want youth in return. Therefore, Tim Hardaway Jr. could be the focal point of the trade, giving the Bulls more youth.
Some reports hinted at the Bulls wanting a first-round pick for Parker. Well, that isn’t going to happen. Scott Perry made it very clear that the Knicks won’t be trading away first-round picks. Although, second-round picks could still be on the table.
The Knicks should try to move Hardaway Jr. and a second-round pick in this deal since Parker is considered by a lot of people to be “a bust.” The Bulls should take what they can get.
However, Parker hasn’t had as bad of an NBA career as some may think. Parker, 23-years-old, has averaged 15.3 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 183 career games.
The Knicks would then get Parker in return and have to deal with him for the rest of this reason, or waive him immediately. This would then get Hardaway Jr’s. contract off the books giving the Knicks even more cap space to go after the big fish in free agency.