Jabari Parker is on the move.
The former No. 2 overall pick has agreed to a two-year, $20 million deal with the Chicago Bulls, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
“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,” general manager Jon Horst said in a press release. “We appreciate everything Jabari has brought to our team and our community over the last four years and we wish him well.”
Milwaukee was expecting to be able to build around Parker and Giannis Antetokounmpo, but a pair of torn ACLs in Parker’s right knee largely killed that hope. The former Duke star has missed 145 games in his first four years because of the injuries. He played 31 games this season after being out for close to a calendar year, scoring 12.6 points and grabbing 4.9 rebounds per game.
“I am extremely grateful to the Bucks and the incredible fans of Milwaukee for showing me so much love and encouragement,” Parker said in the release. “Thank you to my teammates for being like brothers to me. Also, the medical and performance staff led by Troy Flanagan and Suki Hobson deserve my unending thanks for their dedication in helping me get stronger and healthier every day.”
Parker’s injury history and Milwaukee’s salary cap situation made a big contract unlikely on the Bucks’ part. There is also potential future deals for guards Malcolm Brogdon, Eric Bledsoe and Khris Middleton. All of it made for the end of Parker’s time in Milwaukee.