NBA rumors: Wizards declining 2019-20 option on Jabari Parker

The Washington Wizards will decline the 2019-20 team option on Jabari Parker’s contract, and the forward will become an unrestricted free agent on June 30, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Parker, 24, is valued by the franchise, but this was a decision anticipated by most league executives when the team acquired him from the Chicago Bulls in February.

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Jordan Schultz: The #Bucks felt that Jabari Parker and them were trending in different directions, league sources say. Jon Horst did a classy thing to help Parker get the best deal possible with the #Bulls — which he did not have to do.
Free agent forward Jabari Parker has agreed to a two-year, $40 million deal with the Chicago Bulls, league sources told ESPN. The agreement was consummated on Saturday, moments after Bucks GM Jon Horst removed the qualifying offer on the restricted free-agent forward and allowed him to become unrestricted.
The Bucks weren't going to match a Bulls offer sheet, and the deal -- brokered with Parker's agent Mark Bartelstein -- allowed a good-faith gesture for Parker to sign a shorter deal with the Bulls. "We really love Jabari and wanted to work with him on this, because we weren't going to match an offer sheet," Horst told ESPN.
For Bartelstein and Parker, a $20 million guarantee after the past injuries and an uneven final season with Milwaukee is the best possible outcome to the choppy waters of restricted free agency. Now, Chicago needs to renounce Noah Vonleh, David Nwaba and waive Paul Zipser and Julyan Stone to create the $20M in salary cap space needed to sign Parker.

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KC Johnson: Can confirm the 2nd year of Parker's deal is a team option, which @Adrian Wojnarowski had 1st. This is essentially a one-year tryout, and there's optimism from both the Bulls and Parker's camp this can be a long-term relationship.
The $129.8M luxury tax apron (hard cap) made it unrealistic for Milwaukee to match any offer sheet north of $12M for Jabari Parker. The apron was triggered when the Bucks agreed to terms with Ersan Ilyasova. The unlikely bonuses of Tony Snell and John Henson plus the pending signing of Brook Lopez left Milwaukee with only $8M in room below the apron.
The Milwaukee Bucks and Jabari Parker have reached an agreement for the team to rescind its qualifying offer, making Parker an unrestricted free agent. “Jabari and I felt it was in the best interest of both he and the team to rescind our qualifying offer, making him an unrestricted free agent,” said General Manager Jon Horst. “We appreciate everything Jabari has brought to our team and our community over the last four years and we wish him well.”
The second overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, Parker has appeared in 183 career games for the Bucks over his four-year career. He averaged 15.3 points 5.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game, while shooting 49 percent from the field and 74.7 percent from the free throw line. “Jabari and I express our sincere gratitude to Jon Horst and Bucks owners Marc Lasry, Wes Edens and Jamie Dinan for working side-by-side with us throughout the free agency period,” said Mark Bartelstein, CEO, Priority Sports & Entertainment. From the moment the Bucks drafted Jabari with the No. 2 pick in the 2014 Draft, they have gone out of their way to treat Jabari as a member of the Bucks family, and this is another perfect example of doing exactly that, and we’re very appreciative.”
“I am extremely grateful to the Bucks and the incredible fans of Milwaukee for showing me so much love and encouragement,” Parker said. “Specifically, I’d like to thank Jon, Marc, Wes and Jamie for giving me my start in the NBA and supporting me throughout my career. Thank you to my teammates for being like brothers to me. Also, the medical and performance staff led by Troy Flanagan and Suki Hobson deserve my unending thanks for their dedication in helping me get stronger and healthier every day.”
Matt Velazquez: Bucks did not rescind Jabari Parker's qualifying offer by last night's deadline, per source. He remains a restricted free agent. My belief is it's still unlikely Parker comes back to Milwaukee considering what Chicago is expected to offer.
The Bulls have little incentive to offer Parker more than a two-year deal, the mandated minimum for restricted free agents signing offer sheets. An exception to this hinges on Parker’s first-year salary and his agreed upon payment structure. In other words, if Parker were to agree to a frontloaded four-year contract with a decreasing annual salary, he would gain security while the Bulls would gain a contract with much needed cost control.
The Bulls have little incentive to offer Parker more than a two-year deal, the mandated minimum for restricted free agents signing offer sheets. An exception to this hinges on Parker’s first-year salary and his agreed upon payment structure. In other words, if Parker were to agree to a frontloaded four-year contract with a decreasing annual salary, he would gain security while the Bulls would gain a contract with much needed cost control.
Restricted free agent forward Jabari Parker and the Chicago Bulls are progressing on an offer sheet deal, league sources told ESPN. A deal could be finalized as soon as Sunday, league sources said.
Parker, a Chicago native, isn't expected to have an offer sheet matched by the Milwaukee Bucks. The team has discussed allowing Parker to become an unrestricted free agent by pulling his qualifying offer, but that has yet to happen, league sources said.
David Aldridge: Key to pending @Jabari Parker offer sheet from Bulls is Chicago’s willingness to play him some at the three along with Lauri Markkanen and rookie @Wendell Carter Jr. up front, w/all (and Bobby Portis) playing multiple frontcourt positions.
KC Johnson: Can confirm Bulls are on verge of signing Jabari Parker. As of now, Bulls don't know if Bucks are renouncing him or they'll need to sign him to offer sheet. Either way, it's close.
KC Johnson: Early plan is to start Jabari Parker at SF and use lineup of Kris Dunn, Zach LaVine, Jabari Parker, Lauri Markkanen and Robin Lopez/Wendell Carter Jr.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Restricted free agent forward Jabari Parker and the Chicago Bulls are progressing on a deal, league sources tell ESPN. Discussions over a number to topics still ongoing.
Vincent Goodwill: Definitely think there's some smoke to Jabari Parker and the Bulls. Apparently he wants to be a Bull, according to sources
The odds are almost insurmountable Jabari Parker will be donning a Milwaukee Bucks uniform at the start of the 2018-2019 season. [...] Rumors have circulated in Las Vegas that Parker, the Bucks talented 22-year combo forward, could be on the cusp of signing a free-agent deal. “This could happen sooner than later,’’ said an official attending the NBA Summer League.
Besides Atlanta, the two other teams with a substantial amount of money to pursue Parker are the Chicago Bulls and Sacramento Kings. The Bulls and Kings each have roughly $20 million lat their disposal for Parker, who is believed to be seeking a contract in that range. Some NBA observers speculate Chicago would be the ideal spot for Parker, who was born and raised there and become a local legend after a phenomenal prep career which included four straight state championships. [...] An NBA executive claims the Bulls “most definitely’’ are interesting in acquiring the 6-foot-8 Parker.
As for Sacramento, the Kings are trying desperately to upgrade their starting lineup and acquire a top-flight scorer. The Kings recently made Chicago restricted free-agent shooting guard Zach LaVine a lucrative offer that the Bulls subsequently matched. A Kings official, who requested anonymity, said the team was interested in Parker, adding “He’s a viable option.’’
The Brook Lopez signing ($3.4M) now has Milwaukee $15M below the hard cap with restricted free agent Jabari Parker still unsigned. The one-year qualifying offer for Parker is $4.3M. The Bucks do have some flexibility with the non-guaranteed contracts of Brandon Jennings ($2.2M) and Tyler Zeller ($1.9M). Milwaukee has a August 1 cut date with regards to Jennings. The Bucks now have 13 guaranteed contracts.
The Kings have been linked to restricted free agents such as Milwaukee's Jabari Parker and Chicago's Zach LaVine, but nothing has come of the speculation. The Kings have expressed a level of interest in both, a league source said, but a deal would require the Kings to reshape their roster that has a lot of young players they'd like to develop.
Frank Madden: Sidenote to Ersan Ilyasova returning to Milwaukee: Ilyasova's agent Andy Shiffman works for Priority Sports....aka Mark Bartelstein, Jabari Parker's agent. Would have loved to hear what the Bucks promised Ersan in terms of role given he might not have one if Parker returned.
Alex Kennedy: I'm told that Jabari Parker, who was born and raised in Chicago, has received interest from the Chicago Bulls. The 23-year-old is a restricted free agent, so the Milwaukee Bucks can match any offer sheet he signs.
Jason Jones: Couple of free agency notes on the Kings (as of now): *Priority is small forward, team sees Jabari Parker as a PF and not a good fit. *Love LaVine's talent, but would have to move Hield and/or Bogdanovic to make a serious run at him. *A stretch 4 would be ideal at some point
Matt Velazquez: Per source, the Bucks have extended a qualifying offer to Jabari Parker, making him a restricted free agent. As expected. Bucks also extended qualifying offers to two-way players Marshall Plumlee and Xavier Munford to make them restricted as well.
Toward the end of the 2017-2018 season, the Sacramento Kings dispatched a player personnel official to Milwaukee. The Kings employee didn’t go to Milwaukee to file a report on the Bucks as the Kings weren’t going to play them again the rest of the season. More likely, the Kings official was in Beer Town doing some research on Jabari Parker, the Bucks young and talented combo forward who’ll become a restricted free agent on July 1. The Kings are, according to league sources, just one of numerous teams that wouldn’t mind having Parker on their roster next season.
Some league sources regard Parker, who turned 23 on March 15, to be among a small tier of players below a cast of coveted superstar free agents like LeBron James, Chris Paul and Paul George. Of course, under NBA free agency rules, the Bucks can match any financial offer presented to Parker.
While Parker agreeing to an offer sheet is a real possibility, some NBA officials contend a more likely scenario is Parker agreeing to a sign-and-trade deal. The Bucks undoubtedly would prefer a sign-and-trade as they could at least recoup something for a player who former Bucks coach Jason Kidd just last year said, along with Giannis Antekounmpo, was untouchable. It’s no secret the Bucks would be receptive to upgrading their center and/or point guard positions via a sign-and-trade arrangement.
NBC Sports California has confirmed that Sacramento is interested in Parker, but the money has to be right. It will be a balancing act between trying to woo a player, paying enough so the Bucks don’t match and keeping the team’s salary flexibility long-term. The Bucks added scorers last season and they might be ready for life after Parker. The injuries setbacks have taken him from cornerstone to question mark, but they’ll likely match up to a certain dollar amount.
Eric Nehm: Giannis, when asked about Jabari Parker: "We don't need to talk about Jabari. He's coming back."
Michaels: “In your mind, are you still a Milwaukee Buck that is going to bring with Giannis (Antetokounmpo) a championship back to this city?” Jabari Parker: “I hope so. I always had aspirations. I’m pretty comfortable here, but at the end of the day it wasn’t in my control and that’s the unfortunate part.”
Fifer: “How do you look at it from a player perspective, Jabari, now that you’re coming up on this situation and it’s kind of played out already?” Jabari Parker: “The team has to be professional about it, right? They have to understand their strengths and weaknesses. As far as Milwaukee goes, it’s not like a huge target for free agents and I was willing to take that into consideration because it’s home to me, I turned it into home. When it comes to a player like myself, I wasn’t desiring the max (contract). I just wanted security, that’s all I wanted. But then I get an offer that was not what I wanted, it was not fair.”
Fifer: “ESPN reported months back that they offered you three (years) and $54 (million), which is like $18 million a year.” Jabari Parker: “Shoot, I wish. ... Now you know.
While Parker's focus is on each game and ultimately his first chance to participate in the playoffs, Parker hopes everything that is happening now will lead him to stay in Milwaukee for seasons to come. “Yeah, it definitely is a hope," Parker said. "I never really wanted to leave in the first place. This summer was kind of tough on me when I was going through my contract extension, but you know, you’ve got to move on and hopefully it ends in a good place.”
The Parker-Antetokounmpo pairing is no longer looked at as the foundation upon which the Bucks are being built, and after a slow season in which he’s averaging just 11.9 points and 4.3 rebounds per game, Parker may soon find himself as not part of Milwaukee’s future at all. “Honestly, it’s uncertain,” Parker said after a recent practice, in regards to his future in Milwaukee and his restricted free agency this summer. “I know that, just looking from afar, [the Bucks] will be fine. “But I just have to see what’s going to happen with my future, and that’s uncertain. But I know for them, they’ll be fine regardless. They’ve been doing well.”
Steve Kyler: The Bucks explored a lot of things - but ultimately keeping Jabri won out. I was told they will match on him, but that doesn't mean he's long-term yet. They won't be a cap space team, so there is no reason not to retain him. twitter.com/bigsherm909/st…
Paul Henning: Take it for what it is. But, @GeryWoelfel is close to Jabari and the Parker family. This morning @1057FMTheFan he reports Jabari was "very, very close to being traded" at deadline, feels there is "slim to none" chances that Jabari is on Bucks next season. Describing it as a mutual fallout between Bucks/Jabari that is rooted in Kidd's treatment of Jabari since he was drafted. Bucks hold the cards with Jabari's Restricted Free Agency ability to match. But, losing Jabari for nothing would be a huge blow to this teams future.
The restricted-free-agent market might have more realistic targets for the Spurs. Aaron Gordon and Jabari Parker are intriguing options; the Spurs could fit either into their cap space (even if they extend Leonard) if they choose not to re-sign any pending free agents and the players with options decide to test the market.
The Mirza Teletovic $10.5M 2018-19 salary will count against the cap until November 7. The early November date is when Teletovic last played in an NBA game and when Milwaukee can first apply to have his salary removed. The potential cap relief will help Milwaukee stay under the $121M luxury tax next season. The Bucks, not including Teletovic have $97M in salary and will have a big decision with restricted free agent Jabari Parker. Milwaukee would not have been under the cap this summer even if they received cap relief at the time of the waiver. However, with the Teletovic money still counting, Milwaukee could face hard cap restrictions if they elect to use the full $8.6M mid-level exception.
While this summer Milwaukee Bucks forward Jabari Parker becomes a free agent, his current focus is how to improve himself and take advantage of each and every game in order to return to form And after that? “It’s really out of my control at that point,” Parker told Eurohoops. “I’ll do my best to be here (Milwaukee). I’ll do my best to make myself available. But at the end of the day, it’s about whether they look at it as a business.”
Next season, 12 teams are currently projected to be in luxury tax territory, and another handful could easily get there by re-signing their key free agents. For example, the Milwaukee Bucks aren't currently projected to be in the tax but would cross into the zone if they re-sign free-agent-to-be Jabari Parker. "The luxury tax was not designed for this many teams to pay it," a league executive said. "Many of those owners probably didn't think they'd be paying it. Quite a few of those teams are probably going to take steps to get out of the tax or limit new spending."
Parker conceives of himself as a star -- a max player. Extension talks between Parker and Bucks fizzled in October, and Parker will enter restricted free agency this summer. The Bucks were prepared during those October talks to offer a three-year deal worth around $54 million, according to sources familiar with the discussions. The two sides discussed other permutations -- shorter deals, incentive-laden four-year deals -- and the talks never narrowed to a single on-paper offer. Still: Milwaukee's upper limit in annual salary -- about $18 million per season -- was clear, sources say.
Jabari Parker conceives of himself as a star -- a max player. Extension talks between Parker and Bucks fizzled in October, and Parker will enter restricted free agency this summer. The Bucks were prepared during those October talks to offer a three-year deal worth around $54 million, according to sources familiar with the discussions. The two sides discussed other permutations -- shorter deals, incentive-laden four-year deals -- and the talks never narrowed to a single on-paper offer. Still: Milwaukee's upper limit in annual salary -- about $18 million per season -- was clear, sources say.
Bucks sources have aggressively downplayed the idea that the team would trade Parker, although they admit the cap situation with his pending free agency could make this tight, but ownership at least seems to be onboard with re-signing Parker in July if management wants to go down that path.
Parker and Bartelstein wouldn’t comment on specifics on a potential new deal, but those familiar with both individuals insist that Bartelstein/Parker won’t settle for anything less than a max contract. If the Bucks and Bartelstein can’t reach a deal before the deadline, Parker would become a restricted free agent after this season. It would mean the Bucks could then match any offer presented to Parker and retain his services. If a settlement isn’t reached at that point, Parker would become an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2019 and would be eligible to sign with any team – without the Bucks receiving any compensation.
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