Chicago Bulls Rumors: Looking to package Jabari Parker, Justin Holiday

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The most recent Chicago Bulls rumors suggest the team is attempting to package Jabari Parker with one of two players in a trade.

Boy, just when you thought the Chicago Bulls were starting to look like they were turning a page, they put on an atrocious performance against the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night. The Bulls fell to 10-28 after losing to Orlando 112-84.

It’s not as though winning three out of five games was anything shell-shocking for the Bulls, but seeing multiple wins within a week of themselves was fascinating to say the least. As Bulls fans, we don’t see that too often. It was nice.

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Because of the absurdly subpar year for Chicago, there have been plenty of rumors floated around regarding who might be shipped off prior to this year’s trade deadline in February. The Bulls are anything but buyers this season.

The latest report courtesy of K.C. Johnson from The Chicago Tribune is that the Bulls are looking to package either forward Justin Holiday or center Robin Lopez with Jabari Parker.

Of course, Parker found himself out of the regular rotation since early December. He has not appeared in a game since December 13, where he played just four minutes in a loss to the Sacramento Kings.

Parker’s deal was for two years at $20 million per season, making him the highest-paid player on the roster. The Bulls gave themselves a team-option after year one, making it easier to unload him via trade this year. If he doesn’t work out for a different club, they can let him go.

This also makes it a little tougher for the Bulls to get anything of value in return. Holiday and Lopez, like Parker, are out of their deals after this season. Another team likely won’t fork over a big asset for a pair of rentals. The only scenario I see the Bulls getting either a player or pick of value is if a contending team, like the Houston Rockets or Golden State Warriors for example, decide that they have found a missing piece in a deal such as this.

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It is highly likely, from all of the buzz around Parker, that he finds a new home before the deadline. What the Bulls are hoping, though, is to unload another expiring deal in addition. We’ll see if Gar Forman and John Paxson can muster up some magic and find their franchise some kind of asset going forward in return.