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Jabari Parker has had an up-and-down four-year NBA career, but signing with the Chicago Bulls this past offseason seemingly put him in a good position to relaunch his career. Unfortunately, the Duke product has failed to perform in Chicago and has been subject of trade talks in recent days.
It's unknown whether or not yet another change of scenery will change things for the embattled forward, but there are a few teams that have the financial flexibility and enough of a need in their front court to swing a deal.
Here are three teams that are most likely to trade for Parker.
3. Brooklyn Nets
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Brooklyn seems to keep moving in the right direction and the addition of Parker could add some much-needed offensive production in the front court. Parker would be an instant upgrade from small forward Joe Harris or four-man Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, who combine to score just under 23 points per game. A proven scorer, Parker would fit right in with the youth movement going on in Brooklyn.
2. Los Angeles Lakers
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The Lakers have been rumored to be looking for an upgrade at small forward, after dipping their toe in talks for Phoenix Suns forward Trevor Ariza. LeBron James, the team's de-facto GM knows Parker well from their days in Cleveland and Milwaukee, respectively. With Kentavious Caldwell-Pope looking for a way out of LA, a swap of the two small forward could make sense on both ends.
1. Sacramento Kings
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Out of any other team in the league, the Sacramento Kings are the best fit for Parker by a long shot. Sacramento has the most financial flexibility and the pieces to get a deal done. Adding Parker to their front court would allow the Kings to switch Buddy Hield back to his natural guard position, and would give Sacto a wing scorer that they've been looking for for years. With a tenuous grip on the eighth seed in the West, adding Parker to the fold just might be enough to separate them from the rest of the pack in the West.
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