Jabari Parker has always been a player of interest for local fans because he is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who once considered going on an LDS mission and once put BYU among his five finalists for where he would attend college. Parker, who was drafted No. 2 overall by Milwaukee in 2014 after playing a year at Duke, has been out of action since February when he tore the ACL in his left knee for the second time in his career. He’s not expected back for two more months, approximately a year after his latest injury. With the emergence of Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo and the end of Parker’s rookie contract approaching next summer, Parker’s future with Milwaukee is a bit up in the air. Parker and the Bucks didn’t negotiate a contract extension before the deadline in the fall, meaning that Parker will become a restricted free agent next summer. “Who knows, that’s a tough one, that’s a million-dollar question, or maybe a 100 million-dollar question,” said a Milwaukee reporter about what Parker might do. The Bucks, who signed Antetokounmpo to a $100 million contract last year, would have to clear some cap space to sign Parker to a max contract. And if they wanted to offer him less, then another team could snag Parker with a contract offer.
Jabari Parker will have to make a decision about his future after this season
Deseret News | Dec 11