Hawks’ GM: ‘Jabari(Parker) is a highly skilled offensive player and proven scorer’

The Atlanta Hawks have signed free agent forward Jabari Parker, the team announced today. According to the Athletic’s Shams Charania, it’s a two-year, $13 million deal.

This past season, in 64 games (17 starts) with Chicago and Washington, the 6’8” Parker averaged 14.5 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 26.9 minutes (.493 FG%, .313 3FG%, .712 FT%).

“Jabari is a highly skilled offensive player and proven scorer, and we’re looking forward to incorporating him into our group,” said Hawks General Manager and Head of Basketball Operations Travis Schlenk. “We think he will fit well on the court and in the locker room, and we’re excited to welcome him to Atlanta.”

The former second overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft by Milwaukee, Parker spent his first four seasons with the Bucks.

In 247 career contests (167 starting assignments) with the Bucks, Bulls and Wizards, he is averaging 15.1 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 29.7 minutes (.491 FG%, .337 3FG%, .739 FT%).

If the 24-year-old Parker can stay healthy, he is a guy that can help the Hawks next season. Parker is still young player and could give Atlanta a boost off the bench.

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