In the offseason, the Chicago Bulls signed Jabari Parker to a two-year deal, worth $40 million. Despite receiving such a lucrative contract, the former second overall pick is already losing support in the Windy City.
With Jim Boylen currently serving as the interim coach for the Bulls, it appears his first order of business was removing Parker from the rotation.
On Thursday night, the former Duke product played just four minutes against the Orlando Magic. According to ESPN reporter Malika Andrews, Parker won’t see “regular minutes” going forward this season.
Jabari Parker will no longer be a part of the Bulls' regular rotation, league sources tell ESPN. https://t.co/RnPzzGznrh
— Malika Andrews (@malika_andrews) December 14, 2018
Statistically speaking, Parker isn’t having an awful year for Chicago, as he’s averaging 15.2 points and 6.9 rebounds per contest.
Many people believe the reason for this decisions is because of Parker’s deficiencies on defense, but the coaching staff offered a different explanation. Boylen believes the abundance of power forwards on his roster complicates his rotation.
Jim Boylen said Jabari Parker didn’t play because of a “matchup thing” and “it’s hard to play three PFs.”
— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) December 14, 2018
Now that Lauri Markkanen is back on the hardwood for Chicago, it’ll be hard to envision Parker receiving quality playing time in the future.
The Bulls own a 6-23 record this season, and maybe adjusting the rotation is the necessary move to get them back on the winning track.