Jabari Parker cites ‘security reasons’ for why he can’t divulge how his role his different with Hawks
After a a past couple of years characterized by instability, 6-foot-8 power forward Jabari Parker appears to have found his groove again with the Atlanta Hawks this season. Right now, the 24-year-old is averaging 15.8 points (on 50.4 percent shooting), 6.3 rebounds, 1.8 assists, and 1.4 steals on the season.
Parker’s resurgence has been brought about in large part by his newfound role with the Hawks, but as it turns out, this is not exactly something the former second overall pick is willing to talk about.
Parker declines to go into detail about how his role in Atlanta differs from previous stops “for security reasons,” but does describe it as “feasible…I utilize it.”
What Parker was willing to discuss, however, was his current mindset when it comes to his basketball:
“Forget the contract and whatever. I’ve made a lot of money other places,” Parker said. “So it’s not just for the money. It’s just so I can enjoy the game. As long as I’m playing, that’s all I care about. It’s not about anything else.”
Parker appears to have adjusted well to life in Atlanta, but at the same time, he does not forget about the fact that at the end of the day, this is still a business. He realizes he could very well be traded again:
“I could be traded again, but you’ve just gotta be ready and prepared. Because any situation can uplift me. And I look at it that way. Even if it’s bitter on my end, I just have to look at it as a blessing,” he said. “As far as Chicago goes, I kind of just needed to be traded because I wasn’t playing. That’s why Washington was so good for me.”
Parker’s contract is for two seasons, but he has a player option on his contract next season. This means that if he is able to keep up this high level of play, the former Duke standout might just end up being one of the most coveted free agents in the upcoming offseason.
With the Hawks at 6-22 this campaign, Parker could also find himself on the move before the Feb. 6 trade deadline.