Jabari Parker medically cleared, set to return to action as Bucks take on Knicks
Jabari Parker's return comes at an important time, with just a week before the trade deadline. AP

MILWAUKEE — Bucks forward Jabari Parker is set to return to the court on Friday (Saturday, Manila time) against the New York Knicks, nearly a year after being sidelined with the second major left knee injury of his career.

Milwaukee said Monday night that Parker was medically cleared, making the announcement during the second quarter of its game against the Philadelphia 76ers.

Parker tore his left ACL on Feb. 8, 2017, against Miami. At the time, he was averaging a career-high 20.1 points and 6.2 rebounds as one of the franchise cornerstones.

Parker tore the same ACL in December 2014, ending his rookie season after 25 games. Milwaukee selected Parker with the second overall pick of the 2014 draft.

The return of Parker comes at an important time, about a week before the NBA trade deadline. The Bucks are also trying to reassert themselves as a contender in the East following the firing of coach Jason Kidd.

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