Parker, a Chicago native who signed up up a $40 million deal with the Bulls has played with several roles for the Bulls. He started forward for the Bulls at the beginning of the pre season.
Markkanen came back to the starting line up Dec. 1, and Parker chose a bench role back again. The Bulls also failed a coaching change, encouraging Jim Boylen from head trainer and firing Fred Hoiberg.
He said he met with Bulls players to examine their roles after Boylen was hired. Boylen said Parker has obtained both roles and has experimented with playing Parker at small forward and power forward.
“Jabari has been amazing,” Boylen said. “He knows. Around helping the team win, jabari would like to produce it. And that’s what I’ve asked him to do.”
Together with Parker out of their regular rotation, it’s unlikely that the Bulls would function as team option over the year of the deal. There haven’t been any conversations between Parker and his representatives on a possible buyout, but which can turn into a growing possibility closer to the transaction deadline.
A tumultuous week, the Bulls experienced. Players threatened to not show up at the Sunday clinic that Boylen’d scheduled, after putting up with a 56-point loss to the Celtics on Saturday. The Bulls haven’t taken off a day in Boylen’s 10 days.
In clinics, shed down to do unconventional exercises at the NBA level and players are requested to run suicides. While Boylen’s directive from management is to be tough, many players view Boylen’s coaching style extortionate.