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The Atlanta Hawks are giving Jabari Parker a chance.
Parker, the well-traveled No. 2 pick in the 2014 NBA draft, has agreed to a two-year, $13 million contract with the Atlanta Hawks, sources told Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes. Parker will have a player option for the second year of the deal, according to Haynes.
Free agent Jabari Parker reached and agreement with the Atlanta Hawks on a two-year, $13 million deal, league sources tell Yahoo Sports. Player option on second year.
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) July 8, 2019
The Hawks will be the fourth NBA team for the 24-year-old Parker, a Duke product who began his career with the Milwaukee Bucks. Parker, a 6-foot-8 forward known for his skills on offense, has shown a consistent ability to score at the NBA level, but has been hampered by injuries.
Parker twice tore the ACL in his left knee during his time with the Bucks, who allowed him to leave in free agency after the 2017-18 season. Parker signed a two-year, $40 million deal with his hometown Chicago Bulls, but the Bulls shipped Parker and Bobby Portis to the Washington Wizards at the trade deadline.
Parker played in 25 games for the Wizards, averaging 15 points per game on a career-high 52.3 percent shooting, but the team declined his $20 million option for 2019-20 season and let him hit the free agency market after the season.
That opened the door for Parker to ink a deal with the Hawks, a team full of young talent led by point guard Trae Young and forwards John Collins and Kevin Huerter. Parker has not seemed too interested in playing defense during his time as a pro, so perhaps the team sees him as instant offense off the bench.
Parker has career averages of 15.1 points and 5.7 rebounds while shooting 33.7 percent from beyond the arc.
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