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Report: Wizards decline 2019-20 team option on Jabari Parker, but there’s interest in bringing him back

Jabari Parker, Wizards

The Washington Wizards have reportedly declined the 2019-20 team option on small forward Jabari Parker, but the franchise is interested in bringing him back, according to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports.

Parker was slated to make $20 million next season. The swingman will become an unrestricted free agent now, but Haynes reports Parker has interest in re-signing with the Wizards on a new team friendly deal.

The Washington Wizards will decline the 2019-20 team option on Jabari Parker’s contract, and the forward will become an unrestricted free agent on June 30, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

The Wizards are very much open to re-signing Parker and the interest is mutual, sources said.

The Wizards acquired Parker from the Chicago Bulls on Feb. 6. The former No. 2 overall pick averaged 15.0 points, 7.2 rebounds and 2.7 assists in 25 games with Washington while shooting 52.3 percent from the field, 29.6 percent from beyond the arc and 68.4 percent from the free-throw line.

Parker, a Chicago native, has torn his ACL twice. He can score with ease, but Parker’s defensive skills have to improve. The Wizards are likely going to be without All-Star point guard John Wall for the entire 2019-20 season, so they are going to need more scorers next to shooting guard Bradley Beal.