By Joshua Hamer - Contributing Sportswriter
The prodigal basketball star from Chicago is coming home to the place that made him. Jabari Parker has signed a two-year, $40 million deal with the Chicago Bulls. His previous team, the Milwaukee Bucks, decided to let him walk out the door as a free agent this summer. Both the Bulls and Parker have high expectations for this next chapter, as they are assuming he will be their starting small forward this fall.
Parker's deal has a second year team option, allowing the Bulls some flexibility if things don't work out the way they planned. Parker has suffered two ACL injuries within two years, and just one of those type of injuries is extremely difficult to recover from. When healthy, Parker is a versatile forward that can shoot, pass, and drive to the basket. Since he will be surrounded by young talent with different skill sets, maybe the Bulls will be able to grow together and make the playoffs in a wide open Eastern Conference.
Jabari Parker was the number one rated prospect coming out of Simeon High School in Chicago, the same high school as Derrick Rose. He was the 2nd overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft. Some even compared him to a young Carmelo Anthony, because of his 6'8" 240 pound build and shooting ability. However, due to injuries, inconsistencies with coaching, and lack of chemistry with the team, he has not lived up to the hype just yet. If the Bulls can revitalize Parker, he could be the leader on the floor and the next star of their franchise.