After a generous contract and warm homecoming, Jabari Parker will reportedly sit more than play for the Chicago Bulls in the coming weeks.
ESPN's Malika Andrews writes that Parker "will no longer be part of the Chicago Bulls' regular rotation" despite ranking second on the team in scoring (15.8) and rebounding (7.1).
With Parker out of the regular rotation, it's unlikely that the Bulls would exercise the team option on the second year of his deal. There have been no conversations between Parker and his representatives on a potential buyout, but that could become an increasing possibility closer to the trade deadline.
It appears the Bulls will now dole out more significant frontcourt time to recently returned Lauri Markkanen and veteran swingman Justin Holiday. Markkanen, an All-Rookie First Team selection last season, is averaging 15.2 points, 6.2 rebounds and nearly three 3-pointers in his first five games back from a right elbow injury.