Wizards to decline option for Jabari Parker, report says

Jabari Parker will likely become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the month, but the forward might stay in Washington when it’s all said and done.

According to Yahoo Sports, the Wizards will decline the 2019-20 team option on Parker’s contract. However, there is mutual interest for Parker to re-sign with Washington.

Parker, 24, came the Wizards by way of Chicago after the Bulls sent him, Bobby Portis and a 2023 second-round pick to Washington in exchange for Otto Porter Jr.

This decision was expected when Parker joined the franchise, Yahoo Sports noted.

He quickly found his groove in Washington and posted above-average numbers in 25 games played.

“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 short stint with Wizards averaging 15 points and grabbing 7.2 rebounds. He also shot 52.3 percent from the field.