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Report: Former Wizards forward Jabari Parker signs 2-year deal with Hawks

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Jabari Parker is off to Atlanta. After just a fraction of last season with the Washington Wizards -- who recently declined his $20 million option -- Parker is signing a two-year $13 million with the Hawks, The Athletic's Shams Charania reported Monday.

When the Wizards passed on Parker's option late last month, the 24-year-old power forward became an unrestricted free agent, and he's now off to his fourth team in his sixth season in the NBA.

Off the bench for the Wizards, Parker averaged 15 points, 7.2 rebounds and 2.7 assists while shooting 52.3 percent from the field. He came to Washington as part of a trade that sent Otto Porter Jr. to the Chicago Bulls in February. 

In a recent interview with the Chicago Sun-Times, Parker reflected fondly on his time in D.C.:

Man, my time in Washington was everything and more. It was like being in jail for a couple of months, and then when you’re free, you just want to be yourself again and catch up on lost times. Those guys in Washington are always going to be on the top of my list as far as my loyalty goes.

 

The Milwaukee Bucks selected Parker as the No. 2 overall NBA Draft pick in 2014, and he started in the majority of the games he played for them. However, he was sidelined twice with ACL tears in the 2014-15 and 2016-17 seasons. 

Parker signed with the Bulls ahead of last season, before being traded to Washington in the winter.

In 247 career games -- he started in 167 -- Parker averaged 15.1 points per game, along with 5.7 boards and 2.1 assists. He has a 49.1 career field goal percentage. 

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