Jabari Parker of the Washington Wizards shoots the ball against Johnathan Williams of the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half at Staples Center on March 26, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images)
Photo: Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images
Photo: Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images

Hawks agree to two-year deal with Jabari Parker

The Hawks agreed to a two-year contract with Jabari Parker, the former No. 2 overall pick, according to several people familiar with the situation. The deal is for two years and $13 million, with the second year a player option. News of the pending agreement was first reported by Yahoo Sports.

The Hawks have not announced the yet-to-be-signed contract.

Parker, 24, was the second overall pick in the 2014 draft out of Duke. The 6-foot-8, 245-pounder will see playing time at both small and power forward for the Hawks.

The move fits with the recent past of general manager Travis Schlenk, who has avoided the rush of free agency and waited for players that could be signed to team friendly contracts. Parker is the latest example of such a talent grab.

Parker is entering his fifth season. He spent his first five seasons with the Bucks. After signing a two-year, $40 million with the Bulls as a free agent last year, he was traded to the Wizards in February. The Wizards declined his option last month and made him an unrestricted free agent.

Parker has career averages of 15.1 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.1 assists. He averaged 14.5 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2.4 assists last season between the Bulls and Wizards. Parker has battled injuries that have limited him to an average of 49 games per season. His second season with the Bucks he played a career-high 76 games.

The move leaves the Hawks with a roster of 14 players, including the non-guaranteed contract of Jaylen Adams. The Hawks may look to add a center to the roster and usually like to keep an open roster spot headed into the season.

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