Ersan Ilyasova becomes the newest member of the Milwaukee Bucks, however, his addition could spell the end for former top draft pick Jabari Parker. Ilyasova is signing with the Bucks to the tune of a three-year, $21 million deal, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. It comes across as a small move by the Milwaukee Bucks, however, it is a big move in the grand scheme of things.
The Milwaukee Bucks are a small market NBA team that is over the salary cap. Acquiring Ersan Ilyasova was a wise move for various reasons that will help the Bucks down the line. Ilyasova's addition gives the Bucks a veteran presence, while offering some much-needed versatility. His status on the team, however, should render Jabari Parker unnecessary.
Jabari Parker is a restricted free agent this summer. It has become apparent that the Milwaukee Bucks will allow Parker to test the market before submitting an offer to him. Parker will look to command a multi-year deal in the range of $17 million or more per season.
According to Clutch Points, there are eight teams looking at signing Jabari Parker. If a team gives Parker a significant offer sheet, it would place the Bucks in a difficult spot going forward. The Bucks reserve the right to match any offer Jabari Parker receives. Depending on the offer, the Bucks could be hurt financially.
The Bucks went into this offseason nearly $2.5 million over the salary cap. Keeping Jabari Parker will push the Bucks even further over the cap and closer to the luxury tax threshold.