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Report: Chicago Bulls 'engaged in talks' with several teams regarding a Jabari Parker trade

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Jabari Parker signed with Chicago in the offseason looking for a fresh start, but things haven't exactly gone to plan.

Earlier this week, ESPN's Malika Andrew reported that the Bulls were planning to remove Parker from the rotation and now it appears the Bulls may look to go in a different direction altogether.

According to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune, the Bulls have "engaged in trade talks with several teams" as they attempt to find a solution that works for both parties.

Parker played just four minutes off the bench in the Bulls' 97-91 loss to the Orlando Magic, however coach Jim Boylen explained that Parker's limited minutes were more to do with their opponent.

"Well, I think it's a matchup thing," Boylen said.

"It's also hard to play three 4s. It's difficult to do that. You know, this team is not about one person, one matchup. It's about the team, and you play your minutes when you're in there, and when you're not, you support the guys who are. We have a lot of games left, and we're going to need all of our people."

Prior to being benched, Parker was playing well for the Bulls averaging 15.2 points per game in 30.1 minutes, second in the team in scoring behind Zach LaVine.

Parker admitted his benching caught him off guard.

"It is a surprise because I did everything I could in the time I was given," Parker said, via the Chicago Tribune. "But it is what it is. You can't pout. You just got to keep moving."

With Lauri Markkanen returning to the lineup from an elbow injury recently, minutes in the Bulls' frontcourt are hard to come by alongside the Finnish sophomore, Wendell Carter Jr. and Robin Lopez. With the Bull's next game against the San Antonio Spurs, it's unclear whether he will be in the lineup, with Boylen not giving a definitive answer.

"Going forward, he's part of our team, and it's not about the individual, it's about the team. It's about playing your minutes the best you can," Boylen said. "We'll see what his minutes are going forward."

Parker signed a two-year, $40 million deal in the offseason, with the second year a team option.

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