It appears the Chicago Bulls are already done with the Jabari Parker experiment. What’s next for the Chicago native?
The 2018-2019 season is going to be remembered for a lot of things, but specifically for the Chicago Bulls, it will be remembered as a complete and utter dumpster fire. Really, it could not have gotten off to a worse start and, quite frankly, has not gotten any better as the days roll on.
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To begin with, the Bulls were forced to play without Lauri Markkanen, Kris Dunn and Bobby Portis for the majority of the season. Denzel Valentine still has not yet suited up and has been ruled out for the remainder of the year due to ankle surgery.
To add insult to injury, the Bulls fired head coach Fred Hoiberg when, in all reality, none of this was his fault. To be fair, though, Hoiberg never had a chance to begin with, it seemed.
Then came Jim Boylen, who was given the head coaching gig without the interim title — yeah, it may have been a little soon to make a decision like that.
What ensued following Boylen’s emergence was a circus, to put it simply. A franchise-worst loss by 56 points and players threatening to skip practice due to Boylen’s harsh tactics are only what fans have seen on the surface since the new coach took over.
To make matters even more interesting, it has been reported by ESPN’s Malika Andrews that the Bulls’ most expensive player for this year has been officially ruled out of the team’s regular rotation.
Yes, that means hometown kid and first-year Bull Jabari Parker is no longer considered to be within the Bulls’ plans for the future — starting immediately.
What happens now, though? Does Parker sit the rest of the year, or does he find himself in another uniform when it’s all said and done? I take us through some of those options.