The Boston Celtics have introduced the signing of former 2014 quantity two overall-pick, Jabari Parker, to a two 12 months contract on Friday.
According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, Parker has to formally clear the NBA’s well being and security protocols earlier than he can be part of the staff. To clear a spot on the roster, the staff will waive Moritz Wagner, who was acquired on the commerce deadline from the Washington Wizards.
The Celtics’ projected plan for Parker is to battle for backup minutes behind Jayson Tatum with Semi Ojeleye and Grant Williams.
That is an intriguing signing for Boston. Parker has performed solely 41 video games over the previous two seasons—together with three this season for the Sacramento Kings averaging 2.7 factors and a pair of.0 rebounds in solely 9 minutes.
The Sacramento period was marred with two prolonged intervals away from the staff within the league’s well being and security protocols and a missed recreation for private causes. The Kings tried to maneuver him on the commerce deadline however couldn’t discover a deal. He was waived on March twenty fifth.
The previous lottery pick of Duke has averaged 14.8 factors and shot .493 p.c from the sphere for his profession, however he has had a journeyman’s profession enjoying for 4 groups (Sacramento, Atlanta, Washington, and Chicago) within the final three years. A pair of ACL tears in his proper knee early in his profession, in addition to his defensive efficiency and inconsistency on offense, have additionally contributed to his struggles.
The Boston Celtics are banking on Parker’s performances much like his 32 video games in Atlanta, the place he averaged 15.0 factors and 6.0 rebounds—or like how he performed in the course of the 2016-17 season when he averaged 20.1 factors on .490 p.c capturing with 6.2 rebounds per recreation for the Bucks.