Wizards To Decline $20MM Option On Jabari Parker

The Wizards won’t exercise their $20MM team option on Jabari Parker, but they may try to re-sign him, according to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports.

The move has been expected, dating back to when Washington traded for Parker in February, Haynes adds. But he cites “mutual interest” between Parker and the team in working out a longer arrangement once he becomes an unrestricted free agent next weekend. The Wizards view him as a player with potential whose development has been slowed by ACL tears in 2014 and 2017.

Parker’s asking price will start at $15MM per year, sources tell Chase Hughes of NBC Sports Washington, and that number could rise or fall depending on the market. He adds that the Wizards will probably need Parker to relax that demand, especially after drafting Rui Hachimura, who has similar talents. Re-signing Thomas Bryant, Tomas Satoransky and possibly Bobby Portis will be higher priorites, according to Hughes.

Parker, 24, had a difficult time in Chicago after signing a two-year, $40MM deal last summer, especially once Jim Boylen replaced Fred Hoiberg as head coach. However, Parker was much better after the trade, averaging 15 points and 7.2 rebounds in 25 games with Washington.

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19 thoughts on “Wizards To Decline $20MM Option On Jabari Parker

  1. DVail1979

    How much can Jabari get on the open market this year? Maybe a fit in Boston with the new vacancies?

  2. dirtbagfreitas

    “Parker’s asking price will start at $15MM per year, sources tell Chase Hughes of NBC Sports Washington, and that number could rise or fall depending on the market.”

    I’ll take fall for $100 Alex

    • andremets

      To the Knicks for a 1-year, $4 million salary plus a team option $8 million?

  3. He did play well once in Washington, hopefully he can find a fit in DC or somewhere else, seems like a decent guy to me.

  4. x%sure

    He did finally come up with a positive on/off… Of course his individual stats suffered… Whats the point… Bad influence with his bidding starts at $15 million and other SMHs… No offer

  5. stevep-4

    He is going to sign somewhere for the vet min as an instant-offense guy off the bench – maybe in L.A. or GSW.
    He has bad advice if he thinks he can get 15 mil for his one-dimensional game and lackadaisical attitude toward training.

  6. formerlyz

    Would be a great fit for the Heat, if he ends up being obtainable at the mid-level. Also fits a few teams still looking for help at the 4. A couple of those teams may not necessarily still have that need, but I still need to look at how rosters look after the draft…once my eye situation gets a little better

  7. hoosierhysteria

    Big hat…no cattle. He has not performed to justify anything more than minimum. Bench player. All these studs….no injury history….coming into league will move ahead of these types.

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