Free Agent Rumors: Parker, Kings, O’Quinn, Howard

The Kings are no longer believed to be pursuing restricted free agent forward Jabari Parker, a league source tells Jordan Schultz of Yahoo Sports (Twitter link). Reports from last week indicated that Parker was one of several free agents on the radar for the Kings, who were also linked to Zach LaVine and others.

Sacramento was one of the few NBA teams with cap room available, so if the Kings are out of the running for Parker, it will be interesting to see if the former No. 2 overall pick can find a lucrative offer elsewhere. The Bucks’ reported agreement with Ersan Ilyasova appears likely to hard-cap them, so a team could put pressure on Milwaukee with an aggressive offer sheet for Parker, but it remains to be seen which club might put such an offer on the table.

Here are a few more rumors from around the league on day two of free agency:

  • The Sixers continue to express interest in free agent center Kyle O’Quinn, according to Alex Kennedy of HoopsHype, who reports (via Twitter) that the Clippers and Pelicans are also in the mix for O’Quinn.
  • Dwight Howard still has to be traded and then bought out before he officially becomes a free agent, but he could hit the market in about a week. Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders tweets that he keeps hearing the Wizards and Warriors as potential landing spots for Howard. Sam Amick of USA Today reported over the weekend that the former No. 1 pick has interest in the Pelicans, Warriors, and Wizards, though Amick and others have suggested Golden State may not be sold on Howard’s fit.
  • Former All-EuroLeague big man Nicolo Melli had a chance to pursue NBA opportunities this offseason, but has elected to return to Turkish team Fenerbahce, reports international basketball journalist David Pick (via Twitter). According to Pick, the Nets had “serious interest” in Melli, who figures to field NBA offers in 2019.
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11 thoughts on “Free Agent Rumors: Parker, Kings, O’Quinn, Howard

  1. Senioreditor

    Crazy as it seems I believe Howard ends up back in LA on his redemption tour.

    • Thronson5

      I actually think so too. I think they’ll stretch the Deng contract and sign Howard. I was hoping for Cousins but it doesn’t seem realistic at this point u less they plan on renouncing Randle and stretching Deng which could be possible but I doubt it.

    • kenly0

      I think Washington. Then, Cousins signs with Pels. If by some chance Cousins goes to LA. Then, Howard to NO

  2. Dionis

    If Parker is improving his 3 point shooting like I saw in a video where he was practicing with Ray Allen the Bucks should bring him back. Giannis needs someone to help him on offense, Middleton is really good but you can’t expect him to be your second option in the playoffs next season. Jabari is more suited to be that player behind Giannis. He is a severe mismatch due to his size and ability to play the 3 and 4 and even the 5 in spurts and serve as a floor spacer and finisher at the rim.

  3. formerlyz

    Utah needs to go after Jabari, and at least make them make a decision. That would be a really good fit

    O’quinn fits a few teams. GS makes a lot of sense for him. Not sure I agree with the fit with Philly, although he could be a good backup for Embiid if they dont stay internal there

    Washington has always seemed like a fit for Dwight since the buyout news broke. They need an athletic big that can defend

  4. all in ad

    Lance,loud mouth ball,DHoward or boogie…Fakers have moron all star team. Luke needs a pay raise!

  5. cesc

    What about Indiana they had a second helping of Lance… what does this say about them?

  6. x%sure

    Parker has raised his 3pt% t0 38%- at the same time as his rebounding #s! I didn’t know that. He wasn’t drafted to shoot 3s.
    People criticized his playoff work but I though he moved well.

    • SuperSinker

      He’s a talented player. Just doesn’t really have an identity as a player, and he hasn’t played enough to be completely confident in his growth.

      • ZeroKool

        Also, dude plays at a weird speed. Jabari pushes the ball in the half court when the rest of his team isn’t expecting it, or he lags behind while they’re all rushing to get set. Sometimes it looked like he didn’t know Jason Kidd’s gameplan. He’s crazy talented, and has great offensive awareness, but it’s like he’s on a different frequency than the rest of that team.

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