Chicago Bulls: 3 worst free agent signings ever by John Paxson

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3. Jabari Parker, Forward

A free agent that is often forgotten already that the Bulls tried out two offseasons ago is the former Duke Blue Devils forward Jabari Parker. Much like the other two players on this list, Parker wouldn’t even have a second season in the Windy City. In face GarPax didn’t even let him get through his first full season playing in his hometown.

Parker is a Chicago native and a Simeon Career Academy product. He was the second overall pick of the Milwaukee Bucks in the 2014 NBA Draft. But he didn’t find much success out of the gates with the Bucks. His next stint with a different team would come with the divisional foe Bulls.

During the 2018 offseason, the Bulls signed Parker out of free agency to a contract that was worth around $20 million per year. But he would play in just 39 games with the Bulls, starting in 17 of them. He averaged 14.3 points per game, 6.2 rebounds, 2.2 assists, and 0.6 steals. He posted a pretty bad -2.1 box plus/minus rating and around .020 win shares per 48 minutes.

At the trade deadline last season, the Bulls dished out Parker and fellow young forward Bobby Portis to the Washington Wizards for the return that included small forward Otto Porter Jr. While OPJ is still with the Bulls, neither Portis nor Parker is still with the Wizards. Parker is currently playing with the Atlanta Hawks and Portis with the New York Knicks.