Jabari Parker still has Wizards on top of his list
Jabari Parker experienced a nice change of scenery after his stint in basketball purgatory with the Chicago Bulls, hence why he still keeps the Washington Wizards as his top option in this free agency period.
The Chicago native put up averages of 15 points and 7.2 rebounds in 25 games with the Wizards, finally playing away from his hometown after proving to be a poor fit under new coach Jim Boylen.
Boylen got the nod once former coach Fred Hoiberg was fired on early December, which only meant bad news for the 6-foot-8 forward, who struggled on defense and had his issues offensively at either forward position.
“Man, my time in Washington was everything and more,” Parker told Khobi Price of The Chicago Tribune. “It was like being in jail for a couple of months, and then when you’re free, you just want to be yourself again and catch up on lost times.
“Those guys in Washington are always going to be on the top of my list as far as my loyalty goes.”
The Wizards declined the last year ($20 million) of his two-year, $40 million contract, making him an unrestricted free agent this summer.
With the vast majority of the big names already off the board, Parker’s name could be called up soon by interested teams, but if Washington is to keep him, it’s clear they’d rather do so at a much smaller price tag to ameliorate an already skyrocketing payroll.
The Wizards will also have to ponder the potential of trading Bradley Beal or potentially unloading John Wall’s contract, as the All-Star point man might not suit up this upcoming season at all due to the severity of his injuries.