Celtics reportedly sign Jabari Parker, will waive Moritz Wagner

Parker's contract is a two-year deal.

Jabari Parker is reportedly signing a two-year deal with the Celtics. AP Photo/David Banks

The Celtics are signing veteran forward Jabari Parker, The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported Friday. In order to make room for Parker, Boston will waive center Moritz Wagner.

Parker’s deal will be a two-year deal, carrying his contract into next season, Charania added.

Parker, who was selected with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, has mostly failed to live up to draft expectations during his seven-year career. In his first four seasons with the Bucks, he averaged 15.3 points per game, scoring a career-high 20.1 points per game in the 2016-17 season.

Since his rookie contract ended with the Bucks in 2018, Parker has bounced around the league. He scored 14.5 points per game with the Bulls and Wizards in 2018-19. Parker signed with the Hawks prior to the 2019-20 season, averaging 15 points per game in Atlanta before getting traded in February that season to the Kings.

Parker failed to get much playing time in Sacramento, seeing action in just nine games over the last two seasons. He was waived by the Kings in March, making him eligible to play in this season’s playoffs.

In Boston, Parker will join Evan Fournier, Semi Ojeyele, Romeo Langford, Aaron Nesmith, and Grant Williams as wing players coming off the bench.

As for Wagner, his time in Boston ends after just three weeks with the team. The Celtics acquired Wagner at the trade deadline along with center Luke Kornet in a deal with the Bulls, giving up center Daniel Theis and forward Javonte Green.

After his first four games in Boston, Wagner’s only playing time came in the closing minutes of games that were already decided. He didn’t play in three of the Celtics’ last five games. Wagner entered Thursday’s game against the Lakers in the fourth quarter with the Celtics leading by over 20 points, but he played poorly. He committed three turnovers and two fouls and was a minus-20 for the five-minute stretch he played, forcing Brad Stevens to pull him out so the Celtics could onto the win.


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