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Bucks’ Jabari Parker Could Make Season Debut On Friday

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Milwaukee Bucks forward Jabari Parker could make his long-awaited season debut when the Bucks take on the New York Knicks on Friday, according to Gery Woelfel of the Racine Journal Times.

Parker has missed every game so far this season while recovering from a second ACL tear.

Parker took part in a competitive workout and all reports indicate that he feels good to go and is just awaiting the official go-ahead from the team to return to action.

“The workout yesterday was good,’’ Parker said. “It was just a shoot around for the regular guys because we play today, but I just grabbed few guys that didn’t play (on Friday night) and it was good for me and them because we could get into a flow and stay sharp and try to get better.’’

“It’s pretty much normal again,’’ Parker said of his injury after the extensive rehab.  “The goal is to play real soon, but I haven’t been given a date yet. They will let me know during the next week when the target date is and that will give me some clarity.

“Then I can transform into the mind-set that I need to compete. Right now I’m comfortable working out, lifting, getting better. Now I want to put it out there on the court. It’s going to be interesting.’’

Parker averaged 20.1 points and 6.2 rebounds while shooting 49 percent from the field in 51 games last season.

Chicago Bulls

Bulls Pulling Jabari Parker from Regular Rotation

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It appears that the Chicago Bulls are souring on Jabari Parker, who will reportedly be pulled from the regular rotation, according to ESPN’s Malika Andrews.

The 23-year old Parker came to Chicago via a two-year, $40 million deal during the offseason, and marked a return to his hometown and a chance to re-ignite his career.

Now, it appears certain that the Bulls will decline his option, sending Parker back to free agency next summer.

“Jabari has been great,” Bulls head coach Jim Boylen said, according to Andrews. “He understands. Jabari wants to make it about helping the team win. And that’s what I’ve asked him to do.”

Parker has averaged 15.8 points and 7.1 rebounds for Chicago this season.

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Detroit Pistons

Pistons Interested in 76ers’ Markelle Fultz

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The Detroit Pistons may be in the market for a point guard and are apparently eyeing struggling Philadelpha 76ers’ point guard Markelle Fultz, according to The Detroit Free Press’ Vince Ellis.

Detroit is reportedly eyeing a young point guard in preparation for the potential departure of Reggie Jackson via free agency following next season.

The report pointed out that in order to take on Fultz, the Pistons would have to move money around to avoid the luxury tax.

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Cleveland Cavaliers

Cavs’ Tristan Thompson Out 2-4 Weeks

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The Cleveland Cavaliers will be without center Tristan Thompson for two-to-four weeks with a sprained left foot, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Thompson exited Monday’s game against the Milwaukee Bucks during the third quarter after he landed awkwardly on the foot of Bucks’ guard Malcolm Brogdon.

Thompson, 27, is averaging 12 points and 11.6 rebounds per game this season for Cleveland.

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