Without that gesture, Parker wouldn’t have been able to sign a two-year, $40 million deal with the Bulls, who hold a team option on the second season. The contract structure benefited both the Bulls and Parker, which is why Parker and his agent, Chicago-based Mark Bartelstein, thanked Bucks management and ownership in a statement.
With the Bucks off to a 10-4 start without him, Parker is still a fan of his former organization.
“Those are my guys,” he said. “I love to see them do well. I’m happy for them. It’s very good.”
Parker was active in community service in Milwaukee and consistently speaks highly of the Bucks’ medical and strength performance staff, which helped shepherd him through two rehabilitations from torn left ACLs.
Wendell Carter Jr. won a high school state championship in Georgia and played for a 29-8 team that advanced to the Elite Eight in his lone season at Duke. He’s used to winning.
So how is the Bulls’ 4-11 record and rebuilding situation affecting him?
“It’s part of the process, but it is difficult,” Carter said. “One thing I did understand quite early is it’s an 82-game season. We’ve got another game (Friday). Try to put this one behind us and just move forward.
“It puts a little chip on my shoulder, which s a good thing. Other than that, it hasn’t really affected me much. I’m focused on getting better and trying to help us win.”
Boston ‘T’ party
Rookie Chandler Hutchison drew his first technical foul for waving his hand in displeasure over a foul call.
“Anytime you motion like a wave in the direction of the official, I guess that’s automatic,” Hutchison said. “That’s what (the official) said. But I was moving away. He said it was disrespectful.
“My guy cut. Initially, it was a foul. I wrapped him up a little bit, but he kind of threw my hand off. I think that’s what got the ref’s attention. With the time (left) and how many (points) down we were, I was surprised.”
In the postgame locker room, teammates encouraged him to appeal for it to be rescinded and the $2,000 fine waived.
“I’m going to look at the rule,” Hutchison said. “Talk to my people about it. Obviously first one so I don’t really know how it goes down.”