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After being re-evaluated by the team, Hawks forward Jabari Parker has been cleared to move onto the next stage of his rehab process, but his return from a shoulder injury still isn’t imminent, according to the team.

The Hawks announced in a press release that Parker’s next steps will include “controlled movement and gradual reloading of his rotator cuff.” The former No. 2 overall pick will be re-evaluated in two weeks, the club said.

Parker, who had been Atlanta’s third-leading scorer this season, has been limited to just 15 total minutes since Christmas due to his shoulder ailment, which will now sideline him into February. When healthy, he has been a solid contributor for the Hawks, averaging 15.0 PPG and 6.0 RPG on 50.4% shooting in 32 games (26.2 MPG).

With Atlanta out of the playoff race and headed for a top spot in the lottery, Parker looked like a potential trade candidate. Now that there’s no guarantee he’ll be back on the court in time for the Feb. 6 deadline, the odds are against him being involved in a deal.

Assuming he finishes the season with the Hawks, the 24-year-old will face a decision this offseason on whether to remain in Atlanta, since he holds a $6.5M player option for the 2020-21 season.

This article first appeared on Hoops Rumors and was syndicated with permission.


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An asterisk (*) indicates that the player's rights were traded on draft night. 

2019 / NYK
RJ Barrett
2018 / ATL*
Luka Doncic
2017 / BOS
Jayson Tatum
2016 / BOS
Jaylen Brown
2015 / PHI
Jahlil Okafor
2014 / PHI
Joel Embiid
2013 / WAS
Otto Porter
2012 / WAS
Bradley Beal
2011 / UTAH
Enes Kanter
2010 / NJ
Derrick Favors
2009 / OKC
James Harden
2008 / MIN*
O.J. Mayo
2007 / ATL
Al Horford
2006 / CHB
Adam Morrison
2005 / UTAH
Deron Williams
2004 / CHI
Ben Gordon
2003 / DEN
Carmelo Anthony
2002 / GSW
Mike Dunleavy
2001 / MEM
Pau Gasol
2000 / LAC
Darius Miles
1999 / NOH
Baron Davis
1998 / DEN
Raef LaFrentz
1997 / BOS
Chauncey Billups
1996 / VAN
Shareef Abdur-Rahim
1995 / PHI
Jerry Stackhouse
1994 / DET
Grant Hill
1993 / GSW*
Anfernee Hardaway
1992 / MIN
Christian Laettner
1991 / SAC
Billy Owens
1990 / DEN
Chris Jackson
1989 / SA
Sean Elliott
1988 / PHI*
Charles Smith
1987 / NJ
Dennis Hopson
1986 / GSW
Chris Washburn
1985 / LAC
Benoit Benjamin

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