Jabari Parker happy to get support with Wizards
Washington Wizards forward Jabari Parker says it’s nice to have support within his new organization.
Parker’s tenure with his hometown Chicago Bulls didn’t go as planned. The forward didn’t have the best relationship with head coach Jim Boylen and was removed from the playing rotation at one point.
The Bulls traded Parker and Bobby Portis to the Wizards at the February trade deadline in the Otto Porter Jr. trade. Parker has been putting up good numbers in the nation’s capital.
“It just feels good to get some support,” Parker told Fred Katz of The Athletic. “And when we have this conversation, I’m not in any ways bashing or backlashing at anybody. My situation (in Chicago) is in the past. But right now, it just feels good to have guys really believe in me and know what I can do, utilize those things to the best of abilities.”
In 17 games with the Wizards, Jabari Parker is averaging 14.8 points, 7.4 rebounds and 3.0 assists. The former No. 2 overall pick is shooting 56.0 percent from the field, 31.5 percent from beyond the arc and 66.7 percent from the free-throw line.
Parker has a team option worth $20 million for next season. While the Wizards likely won’t pick it up, his strong play has potentially earned him a smaller deal with the club.