Before the Bulls game on Saturday Jabari Parker talked about his situation in Chicago and expressed a desire to play in Utah if the opportunity arose.
After getting a rare chance to play Saturday night, Jabari Parker told Mike Sorensen of The Deseret News that he has given thought to exit the Bulls organization and heading to the Utah Jazz where he has strong ties to the area and owns a house near Salt Lake City. This is not the first time he's looked at Utah as a playing option, as he considered playing at BYU before going to Duke.
Parker's interest in the Jazz may not be reciprocated. There’s no recent indication that Utah has reached out and showed any desire to acquire Parker and his $20MM salary. Still, there have been previous reports and assumptions the two sides may be linked. Parker's desire to leave has a lot to do with the fact he's not in the regular rotation for the Bulls and was sent to the end of the Bulls’ bench under new coach Jim Boylen.
Even though rumors of Parke's benching had to do with playing less-than-stellar defense and a poor attitude, he doesn't know why he's been singled out and not played. “It’s nothing that can be explained, just his gut feeling,” Parker said when asked why he believes Boylen isn't playing him. Knowing this isn't up to him, he added, “I’ve just got to respect that. He’s the head coach, but I also want to do what’s best for me."
What This Means
While he made a strong showing in the game on Saturday — he got in thanks to some injuries that opened the door for some extra playing time — he's hoping things change in Chicago or he wants to be somewhere where he can show his talents. Apparently, he's hoping that place is with the Utah Jazz.