The Washington Wizards are pretty much a wandering team and next season will be a really tough challenge for them. However, they look ready to make the best out of that and even though they don’t count with a general manager right now, the capitals are taking the right steps to at least put together a decent squad.
One of the faces that will remain with the team is forward Jabari Parker, who landed from Chicago last February and is set to become an unrestricted free agent on June 30 after the Wizards decided to decline the 2019-20 team option on Parker’s contract, according to Yahoo Sports.
But, not everything is bad for Parker, as the reason the Wizards are doing this is to re-sign him immediately, and the player is mutually interested in making a new deal. Parker landed in Washington from the Chicago Bulls when the six-time NBA champions sent him, Bobby Portis and a 2023 second-round pick to Washington in exchange for Otto Porter Jr a couple of months ago.
The option for the No. 2 overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft was worth $20 million on the back end of a two-year, $40 million deal he signed with the Bulls last summer, and according to Yahoo sources, the decision of declining the option was made ever since Jabari joined the franchise.
He played 25 games with the Wizards but managed to post above-average numbers in the process while feeling absolutely comfortable playing under Scott Brooks.
"It's been playing (out) really good so far," Parker told NBA.com in March. "I love being here, I love just the people around here. Just professionals, they treat you like an adult. They hold you accountable, and if you're not doing it, you get rewarded or you don't.
"(Wizards coach Scott Brooks) has done a good job of implementing me, and I'm proud of that because I do more than just one thing, and it just feels good to get in those positions."
Parker finished his first and short stint with the Wizards recording 15 points and grabbing 7.2 rebounds. He also shot 52.3 percent from the field. With John Wall probably missing the whole 2019/20 NBA season, Parker, 24, will be the best choice to take the reins of the team’s offensive alongside shooting guard Bradley Beal.