As if the Bulls haven’t experienced enough upheaval of late, Jim Boylen played Jabari Parker a season-low 4 minutes, 10 seconds in the Bulls’ 97-91 loss to the Magic Thursday night at Mexico City Arena.
And the Bulls’ high-profile, hometown free-agent signing’s future role is in question after Boylen said Lauri Markkanen and Bobby Portis will split the power forward minutes and that rookie Chandler Hutchison could get a look backing up Justin Holiday at small forward.
“It is a surprise because I did everything I could in the time I was given,” Parker said. “But it is what it is. You can’t pout. You just got to keep moving.”
Parker said he learned of the move at the morning shootaround and wasn’t given a reason other than “just (Boylen’s) wishes.” But Boylen said he spoke to Parker, and a team source said how Parker competes in practice, particularly at the defensive end, will determine his role moving forward.
“I’m not expecting it to be (permanent),” Parker said. “Everybody is telling me the truth and that’s just to stay ready. They’re not telling me things I want to hear. They’re not pointing fingers. And personally, I know I’ve done my job to embrace Jim as the head coach. I’ve been nothing but welcoming of him. And that’s what I’m going to continue to do.”
The Bulls’ wild week continued when NBA Commissioner Adam Silver fielded a question about all the tumult. And even though Silver didn’t wade too deeply into it, the fact he knew about it underscored how loudly that week reverberated throughout the league landscape.