Free agency has been underway in the NBA for nearly a week. Many players have already signed, while some remain on the market.
Milwaukee Bucks forward Jabari Parker is a restricted free agent. That means the Bucks could match any offer a team makes to Parker.
Right now though, there doesn’t seem to be any on the table. Milwaukee has a qualifying offer out to Parker, which is worth over $4 million, but he’s apparently drawing minimal attention beyond that.
According to Yahoo NBA insider Jordan Schultz, the Sacramento Kings are backing off of Parker.
“Nobody seems to want” the No. 2 pick of the 2014 NBA Draft, according to Schultz.
Jabari Parker’s market never materialized the way he’d hoped for. Sources say concern league-wide predicated on both his attitude/health. As 1 high ranking executive told me: “[I] don’t think anyone wants him.” Remember, Jabari can take #Bucks’ 1-yr, $4.3M qualifying offer https://t.co/cJntWICSmS
— Jordan Schultz (@Schultz_Report) July 6, 2018
Parker has shown the ability to score in the NBA (15.3 ppg career average) but has been hampered by injuries. He missed most of his rookie year after tearing his ACL, and after playing in 76 games in his second season, was bitten by the injury bug again.
Parker tore his ACL again in February 2017, cutting his season short after 51 games. He returned one year later to play in 31 games for the Bucks this past season, averaging 12.6 points per contest.
It is Parker’s injury history that is likely limiting his market. He may need to take Milwaukee’s short-term offer to prove himself and earn a bigger payday.