No matter how the rest of the Washington Wizards season plays out, the final 16-game stretch that began Monday night with a win over the Sacramento Kings is important for Jabari Parker.
The 23-year-old power forward, who was acquired from the Chicago Bulls during the trade deadline last month, is set up for a team option of $20 million for next year. While it isn’t a given, there is a chance that Washington declines the option and Parker becomes a free agent.
Therefore, the final few weeks of the season offer Parker a chance to demonstrate his worth to Washington and potentially other NBA suitors. So while the Wizards entered Monday slipping in the race for the playoffs, the role player knows there is plenty left to fight for.
“I know for myself, I never try to skip games,” Parker said following Monday’s win. “Every time I get on the court, I try to do my best.”