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Report: Jabari Parker opting into his $6.5 million deal

The least shocking news of the last 24 hours.

According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, Sacramento Kings forward Jabari Parker will opt into his $6.5 million contract for the 2020-2021 season.

This news comes as no real shock to Kings fans, as Parker may not have even found an offer in free agency if he had entered the market, much less one for triple the veteran minimum. This will likely be the last "big" payday of his fledgling career.

From an on-court perspective, Parker will provide next to nothing for this team. Although Vlade Divac and his crew considered his acquisition to be a major accomplishment last February, Parker understandably never found a place in Luke Walton's rotation, playing a total of just 80 minutes. His career has been defined by somewhat impressive individual scoring numbers, followed by an absolute refusal to add an ounce of effort on the defensive end of the floor, and his time spent in a Sacramento uniform showed nothing new.

With Parker unlikely to contribute on the court in the coming campaign, his only real value will be found as an expiring contract in a potential trade, although Monte McNair already has a couple of similar contracts within the same salary range in Nemanja Bjelica and the newly acquired Ersan Illyasova. In all likelihood, Parker will remain nothing but a bench fixture for the foreseeable future. Welcome back to the end of the rotation, Jabari.

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TheGrantNapear
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November 17, 2020 8:48 am

Hoping there’s a subsequent move based off the Bogi trade, as it stands now, I personally don’t like the return.
Two firsts for Covington and all we get are role players for Bogi? Is Jrue three first round picks and two pick swaps better than Bogi?
I get it’s different in that Bogi was a restricted FA, but still seems like we could have gotten more for him.
Not impressed with Monte’s first move unless there is something forthcoming based off the Bogi deal.
KANGZ

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November 17, 2020 8:56 am
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Do you understand that Bogi will be exactly that: A role player in Milwaukee?

The only Sacramento player that’s as good as we think he is, is Fox, and we undoubtedly still overvalue him. Still, Fox can absolutely become a top point guard in the NBA.

Two cheap rookie deals (one for a high-potential asset like DiVincenzo), and full control as to what happens with Ilyasova. That’s the kind of flexibility we need going forward. Factor in that we’re pretty likely to grab a shooting guard/wing tomorrow, and we’re getting the cupboard stocked.

This is how things get started.

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November 17, 2020 10:33 am
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RoCo is a much better player. Jrue is among the best two way guards in the league.

Theyre also both under contract. Bogi is a RFA. It’s apples and oranges.

DD is essentially a similar talent to Bogi, but younger so less developed.

Its not a home run, but not a KANGZ either.

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November 18, 2020 8:12 am
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I’m not too disappointed with this move. The Kings jettison the often injured Bogi, whose shot escaped him more times than I can remember, for younger, potentially good talent. Good first move. We’ll see if anything happens going forward with Hield, but I’d much rather keep an Iron Man guard such as Buddy, who rarely gets hurt, as opposed to an injury prone player such as Bogi.

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November 17, 2020 9:25 am

On small wrinkle to Paker is that he is taking up a roster spot. The Kings currently have 7 players under contract with Buddy and JJ going to the Bucks. They have 3 coming in from the Bucks which brings the Kings to 10. Add the #12 and 3 second rounders and the roster is full.

Of course they may not sign all of their picks or even trade some off, but Parker may take up a valuable roster spot that the Kings may need down the road.

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November 17, 2020 11:04 am
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If Monte isn’t able to flip Parker for a pick or something, you just chalk up his salary as the cost of doing business. The worst case scenario still results in having the additional cap space after the upcoming season.

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November 17, 2020 7:43 pm

THIS fool was making side comments about his playing time, so thought he might relieve us of his duties

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