Jabari Parker traded to Sacramento Kings to join with former Blue Devils

Former Duke basketball player Jabari Parker (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)
Former Duke basketball player Jabari Parker (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images) /

The Sacramento Kings have traded for former Duke Basketball star Jabari Parker after he inked a deal with the Atlanta Hawks in the offseason.

Former Duke Blue Devils seem to be teaming up all over the NBA and another trio has developed in Sacramento as the Kings traded for Jabari Parker from the Atlanta Hawks.

Parker will join Harry Giles and Marvin Bagley III on the Kings as the former Hawk will be heading west with Alex Len in exchange for Dewayne Dedmon, according to ESPN’s Zach Lowe and Adrian Wojnarowski.

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Despite all being at Duke within a four year span of each other, none of the three Blue Devils played on the same team in Durham.

Both the Hawks and the Kings are not living up to the preseason hype both teams had and changes are being made to possibly make a late season run or prepare for next season.

Parker signed a contract with the Hawks in the offseason for two teams and worth up to $13 million with a player option for the second season.

Injuries have put a dark cloud over the NBA career of the former No. 2 overall draft pick but in Atlanta Parker seemed to be thriving, playing in 32 games for the Hawks and averaging 15.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, 1.8 assists, and 1.3 steals per game on 50.4 percent shooting from the field.

Sacramento will be Parker’s fourth team in seven and a half seasons in the NBA.

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Jabari Parker has not played since January 3 due to a shoulder injury and prior to the trade it was announced that the former Blue Devil would miss at least one more week after not being cleared for contact.

The Sacramento Kings are just 19-31 on the season and six and a half games behind the Memphis Grizzlies for the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference.