Mar 15, 2014; Greensboro, NC, USA; Duke Blue Devils forward Jabari Parker (1) reacts in the final seconds against the North Carolina State Wolfpack in the semifinals of the ACC college basketball tournament at Greensboro Coliseum. Duke defeated North Carolina State 75-67. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Draft Rumors 2014: Jabari Parker open to playing for Milaukee Bucks

The Milwaukee Bucks are not exactly the ideal NBA destination right now.

Although it is unlikely a player would refuse to play for the Bucks or ask the team not to draft them, they have had had trouble scheduling workouts with the draft’s top prospects, former Kansas Jayhawks’ center Joel Embiid, his college teammate, forward Andrew Wiggins and former Duke Blue Devils’ forward Jabari Parker. That has only added to the speculation that none of those three want to be in Milwaukee.

However, according to Gery Woelfel of The Racine Journal-Times, who spoke to Parker’s former Duke teammate, Rodney Hood, and Parker’s father, Sonny Parker, Parker would have no problem being drafted by the Bucks.

“Jabari just wants to play ball; He won’t have any issues about playing in Milwaukee, not at all,’’ said Hood, a projected lottery pick himself. “And, if he went to Milwaukee, it would only be a short distance away from his home, which would be good. He’d be fine with that.’’

Sonny Parker, who resides in Chicago, also noted how Milwaukee’s close proximity to the Windy City was appealing for his son and the Parker family.

“We don’t have a preference where he plays,’’ said Parker, who was chosen by Golden State as the 17th overall selection in the 1976 NBA draft and played six seasons for the Warriors. “But I live in Chicago and Milwaukee is not that far away, so that would be good.

“Jabari just wants to play and do whatever it takes to help his team win. So, no, he wouldn’t mind playing in Milwaukee and that’s the truth.’’

Parker went for 19.1 points, 8.7 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 1.2 blocks and 1.1 steals per game last season.

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