RUMOR: Wizards could consider bringing back Jabari Parker, but his ‘market is still developing’
The Washington Wizards could consider bringing back forward Jabari Parker to their roster, but at the right price.
Per Chase Hughes of NBCS Washington, the Wizards are still considering getting Parker back, but it is not their priority right now as his ‘market is still developing.’
Since many have asked, I’m told the Wizards haven’t circled back to Jabari Parker at this point. His market is still developing. Have to wonder if the price will land somewhere the Wizards can justify. He’d be one of their 3-4 best players.
— Chase Hughes (@ChaseHughesNBCS) July 2, 2019
To recall, the Wizards clarified to Parker and Bobby Portis that the team will be operation under the impression that both players won’t return next season. Portis has since signed a two-year, $31 million with the New York Knicks, while Parker is still in the market waiting for potential offers after Washington declined his $20 million team option for the 2019-20 season.
Parker, the second overall pick in 2014, was traded to the Wizards from the Chicago Bulls in February. In 25 games with the Wizards, Parker averaged 15.0 points, 7.2 rebounds and 2.7 assists. He also shot 52.3 percent from the field and 68.4 percent from the free throw line.
Despite his above-average numbers, he has been a liability on the defensive end.
The Wizards seem to be leaning on the development of offense-first forward Rui Hachimura, who was their ninth overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. They also agreed to a one-year deal with former MVP candidate Isaiah Thomas — a move seen as an effort to remain grounded in the point guard position while John Wall recovers.