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The Sacramento Kings have interest in Milwaukee Bucks small forward Jabari Parker and free agent swingman Mario Hezonja, according to a report from NBC Sports California.
Parker will be a restricted free agent this summer. He has a $4.3 million qualifying offer that the Bucks must pay, otherwise he’ll become a unrestricted free agent.
The Bucks selected Parker with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2014 draft. At the time, the franchise envisioned Parker as being the face of the organization for years to come. His injuries, however, coupled with the emergence of Giannis Antetokounmpo, changed Parker’s role and his relationship with management.
Parker has suffered two ACL tears. The Chicago native and the Bucks held brief discussions before this past season started regarding a contract extension, but Milwaukee’s offer was too low, at least according to Parker’s camp.
Milwaukee dangled Parker in trade talks at the February trade deadline and Parker’s camp was well aware of it, league sources told Amico Hoops. The 23-year-old said in April he was uncertain about his future with the Bucks.
In 31 games in 2017-18, Parker averaged 12.6 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.9 assists while shooting 48.2 percent from the field and 38.3 percent from three.
During the postseason, Parker complained about the lack of minutes he was getting from coach Joe Prunty, saying you have to be on the coaches “good side” to get playing time. Parker played roughly 24 minutes a game against the Boston Celtics during the seven-game first-round series and put up 10.0 points per contest.
Hezonja, meanwhile, has turned out to be a bust for the Orlando Magic. He was drafted fifth overall in 2015 but only has career averages of 9.6 points in 219 games.
Orlando declined Hezonja’s $5.2 million option for next season so he’s free to sign anywhere he wants.