Jabari Parker Re-Signs With Celtics

8:02pm: The Celtics confirmed the return of Parker in a press release.

6:05pm: After being cut by the Celtics earlier this week, backup power forward Jabari Parker has cleared waivers and will ink a new deal with Boston, per Shams Charania of The Athletic (Twitter link).

Parker had been signed to a multiyear agreement with the Celtics last year, but his 2021/22 season salary was only partially guaranteed for $100K. It had been scheduled to be fully guaranteed by the club’s first game of the season. Terms of Parker’s new deal have yet to be disclosed, but presumably it won’t become fully guaranteed until the leaguewide deadline in January.

Parker began the 2020/21 season as a little-used Kings reserve. Sacramento eventually waived him after the former 2014 No. 2 lottery pick failed to crack the club’s rotation. In three games with the Kings, Parker averaged 2.7 PPG and 2.0 RPG in 9.0 MPG.

He then signed with Boston ahead of the Celtics’ postseason push. The 6’8″ power forward appeared in 10 contests last year for Boston, averaging 6.4 PPG and 3.5 RPG in 13.8 MPG.

John Hollinger of The Athletic (Twitter link) notes that, in cutting Parker and adding him back, the Celtics will save significant cash toward his cap and tax impact, since the second year of his previous minimum-salary deal had a higher cap hit than his new one-year deal.

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