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.’’
Bulls Pulling Jabari Parker from Regular Rotation
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.
Pistons Interested in 76ers’ Markelle Fultz
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.
Cavs’ Tristan Thompson Out 2-4 Weeks
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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