Wizards won’t pick up option on forward Parker

Jabari Parker appeared in 25 games with the Wizards last season, compiling a career-best rebounding average.

The Washington Wizards will decline to exercise their $20 million team option on forward Jabari Parker, though they may attempt to re-sign him, according to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports.

Haynes reports there is “mutual interest” between the Wizards and Parker in coming to terms on a longer-term agreement after the forward hits unrestricted free agency next weekend.

Parker, who returned to play after suffering ACL tears in 2014 and 2017, averaged 15.0 points, a career-high 7.2 rebounds along with 2.7 assists in 27.3 minutes in 25 games off the bench while shooting 52.3 percent from the field, 29.6 percent from deep and 68.4 percent form the free-throw line for the Wizards after being acquired from the Chicago Bulls along with Bobby Portis and a 2023 second-round draft choice for Otto Porter on Feb. 6.

For the season, the 24-year-old averaged 14.5 points, 6.6 boards and 2.4 dimes in 26.9 minutes in 64 games (17 starts) for the Bulls and Wizards, along with a shooting line of 49.3/31.3/71.2.

The 6-foot-8, 245-pound Parker, the second overall pick in the 2014 draft out of Duke by the Bucks, carries career averages of 15.1 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 29.7 minutes in 247 games (167 starts), shooting 49.1 percent from the field, 33.7 percent from deep and 73.9 percent from the charity stripe.