October 11, 2018, 1:35 pmJabari ParkerF, Chicago Bulls
Jabari Parker was working with the bench group in Thursday's practice amidst reports that the Bulls will no longer ask him to play at small forward.
Parker came off the bench behind Bobby Portis last night and the team is mulling installing him as the backup power forward when Lauri Markkanen returns. The original plan was for Parker to play out of position at small forward but that may be dead, and Parker said that he wasn't really given a reason for last night's benching — just that the team wanted to see a different lineup. If this is true, it makes things very cramped at the four spot between Parker, Portis and Markkanen, and Chicago's big-money acquisition is the least appealing fantasy target of the three. Even if he runs the second unit, volume is a major question and Parker doesn't have the stat set to carry his weight without a big workload.
Source: K.C. Johnson on Twitter