The Milwaukee Bucks are one of the most exciting teams in the NBA, and their future looks extremely bright.
With the insane development of Giannis Antetokounmpo last season, making his first All-Star game, the Bucks are on the rise in the East, with a young core consisting of Jabari Parker, Khris Middleton, Malcolm Brogdon, and Thon Maker who flank the Greek Freak.
But that young core could take a major hit next offseason if the Bucks’ management wants to be cheap.
According to reports, Jabari Parker is looking for a max contract extension next offseason when his rookie contract is up, meaning he’ll be asking for anywhere from $146 million to $175 million over five years.
— Sam Amico (@AmicoHoops) September 8, 2017
“With salaries having skyrocketed over the summer, thanks in large measure to an extremely lucrative television contract, multiple sources claim Parker will be seeking a contract similar to the one he expected to receive prior to his latest injury – a max contract of five years for anywhere between $146 million (25 percent of the salary cap) to $175M (30 percent of the cap).”
That’s quite a demand from a player who has had multiple knee injuries that have sidelined him for long periods of his young career.
If you ignore his uncertain health issues, Parker has been an extremely good player for the Bucks when he can stay on the court. The former 2nd overall pick in 2014 was having his best season to date before the ACL tear last season, averaging 20.1 PPG, 6.2 RPG and 2.8 APG, all of which were career-highs.
Milwaukee are reportedly in talks with Parker and his agent regarding a contract extension, but I cannot see the Bucks paying out for Parker’s services when his injury history is such a big concern.