Hawks’ Jabari Parker to be re-evaluated in 2 weeks as he rehabs shoulder injury
Parker last appeared on Jan. 3 and was re-evaluated Monday, leading to the determination that they would next check on his status in two weeks following another examination. He had a non-surgical procedure done on the shoulder earlier this month.
While Parker has started 23 of the 32 games that he has appeared in during his first season with Atlanta, his role in the team’s rotation was slipping with John Collins back from a 25-game suspension. Parker has produced splits that have seen him average 16.2 points and 6.8 rebounds as a starter, while going for 12.0 points and 3.8 rebounds as a reserve.
Without him in the mix, the team has turned reserve minutes over to Bruno Fernando and others individuals, allowing head coach Lloyd Pierce to switch up his rotations.
Parker joined the Hawks over the summer on a two-year pact that would pay him $13 million should he exercise his player option for next season at $6.5 million. Even with his solid play during his stretch in the starting five, Atlanta has gotten off to a 10-34 start this year, which puts them in the cellar of the Eastern Conference for the time being.
Using the team’s two-week timetable, Parker will miss at least the team’s next eight games before he can be re-evaluated. With the All-Star break looming shortly thereafter, if everything breaks right, late February could be the most logical time to target a considerable return to action for the 24-year-old.