3 free agents the Houston Rockets should not pursue

By Tevin Williams
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3. Jabari Parker

Jabari Parker had high expectations coming into the league. He was third in recruiting rank in 2013 and played for Duke University under legendary coach Mike Krzyzewski. In his freshman year at Duke, Parker put up 19.1 points and 8.7 rebounds per game.

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Jabari Parker was taken with the second overall pick by the Milwaukee Bucks in the 2014 Draft. Unfortunately, Parker’s short career has been marred by injuries. Just 25 games into his rookie season, Parker suffered a torn ACL. Then on Feb. 8 2017, a left knee injury sidelined him for the rest of the season. On Sept. 25 2017, Parker tore his ACL again, causing him to miss the first 50 games of the year.

Before Parker’s left knee sprain in 2017, he was averaging 20.1 points and 6.2 rebounds per game. At just 23 years old, Parker is full of potential and could become a fabulous player if he can stay healthy. But that’s a big if.

He’s now a restricted free agent, meaning Milwaukee can match any offer from another team. Although, given Parker’s injury woes and Milwaukee’s cap situation, they might decide to let the forward walk.

Two ACL tears and a separate season ending knee sprain are a lot of injuries for a player just four seasons into his career. In order to contend, the Rockets need a healthy roster. With his injury history, Houston won’t be able to count on Jabari Parker’s availability deep in the postseason.

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