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Boston makes final decision on Jabari Parker

Jabari Parker, Celtics

Jabari Parker hasn’t found his NBA home with the Boston Celtics after all.

The former No. 2 overall pick of the 2014 NBA draft was waived by the Celtics on Sunday, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic and STADIUM.

Parker signed with the Celtics late last season after being released by the Sacramento Kings. He averaged 6.4 points and 3.6 rebounds in 13.8 minutes for Boston over 10 games, shooting 63.2 percent from the field but going just 2-of-10 from beyond the arc. Parker had appeared in only three games for Sacramento over the first four months of last season, an especially damning indictment of his game considering the Kings’ immense struggles defensively and lacking depth at power forward.

The 26-year-old played in three games for Boston during the preseason, failing to separate himself from others on the team’s training camp roster fighting to make the regular-season squad. Parker’s non-guaranteed contract with the Celtics was set to become guaranteed on October 20th. Boston waived Theo Pinson, Garrison Mathews and Chris Clemons on Saturday. The team had previously parted ways with Ryan Arcidiacono and Juwan Morgan.

The Celtics, ravaged by minor injuries and multiples cases of COVID-19 during exhibition action, open the regular season on Wednesday at Madison Square Garden against the New York Knicks.