Chicago Bulls: 3 potential landing spots for Jabari Parker

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3. New Orleans Pelicans

The New Orleans Pelicans went on an impressive run at the end of last season en route to finishing as the 6-seed in the West. Their run of success continued into the playoffs, as they swept the third-seeded Portland Trail Blazers in the first round before bowing out the eventual champion Golden State Warriors in five games in the conference semifinals.

In the early stages of the 2018-19 campaign, the Pelicans were one of the hottest teams in the league, winning their first four games. Since that time, though, the Pelicans have gone 11-16 and are one game below .500 at 15-16.

The good news is they are just two games out of a playoff spot. The bad news is the team didn’t do much to address its bench depth during the offseason. As a result, the Pels’ second unit is averaging 29.6 points per contest — the second-worst mark in the league.

Parker is the Bulls’ second-leading scorer and rebounder, and while his numbers off the bench (12.8 points and 5.3 rebounds in 12 appearances) don’t favorably compare to his 17 starts (16.9 points and 8.0 rebounds per contest), he has shot the ball better from distance, connecting on 36.7 percent of his attempts from 3-point range, compared to just a 25.8 percent clip as a starter.

Adding Parker to the mix won’t transform the Pelicans into a conference powerhouse, but it would provide New Orleans with another scoring option for a second unit that has struggled.