In a move that was considered a mere formality, forward Jabari parker has exercised his $6.5 million player option for the 2020-21 season with the Sacramento Kings.
It is still unclear if the talented, but extremely injury-prone bigman will step onto the court for the Kings this season. He played in just six games for Sacramento last year averaging an efficient 8.5 points on 56% shooting and 3.8 rebounds in just under 14 minutes a game. However, his entire game revolves around shots inside the three-point arc and he is notoriously known as one of the leagues worst defenders.
Parker was originally acquired by the Kings along with center Alex Len for Dewayne Dedmon and a couple second-round picks back on February 6, 2020. The move was in an effort for then GM Vlade Divac to get out from under Dedmon’s 3-year $40 million deal that was signed over the summer.
It will be interesting to see if new GM Monte McNair sees a path for Jabari to be part of his plans for the Kings’ season, or if he will be moved to yet another destination. He is a scoring machine on the inside, but little else.