Sacramento Kings: Trade targets who would guarantee a playoff appearance

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Jabari Parker, SF/PF, Chicago Bulls

Jabari Parker’s triumphant return to the Windy City hasn’t been quite so triumphant. The Chicago Bulls signed him to be a star this past offseason, and he hasn’t even managed to earn a starting role since coming back to his old stomping grounds.

Despite that, he’s a talent worth taking a chance on for a team that needs more weapons out on the wing. The Kings could use his offensive presence, and might not have to pay as much as you’d expect to acquire him from the Bulls, who are seeking a trade partner.

So why should the Kings take a chance with the former No. 2 overall pick? Well, for starters, we’ve seen plenty of promising play from him when he was with the Milwaukee Bucks. Just look back at his 2015-16 campaign, when Parker averaged 20.1 points, 6.2 rebounds, and one steal per game while shooting 36.5 percent from downtown.

Yes, his contract is a concern. He’s getting paid $20 million in 2018-19, but has a team option for the 2019-20 season. If acquiring him doesn’t pan out, the Kings can cut their losses since he’s essentially on an expiring deal.

What I think would really play into Parker’s potential success in Sacramento is the fact that he wouldn’t be expected to be the star of the show. Instead, he could step into a key role as an offensive catalyst and all-around playmaker. Maybe that pressure of being a top pick or $20 million man was too much for the youngster to handle…