The overall health of the Atlanta Hawks roster seems to be improving, with Jabari Parker as a notable exception. The 24-year-old power forward was the only member of the roster unavailable to play when the Hawks battled the Denver Nuggets on Monday and, less than 24 hours later, the Hawks announced that Parker underwent a non-surgical procedure on his right shoulder on Tuesday.
As a result of the procedure, Parker will enter a period of rehabilitation and treatment, and the Hawks indicate that he will be re-examined in two weeks. As always, re-examination and return are not the same, meaning that Parker could be out of action for more than the two week timetable described in the official release. The Hawks will play seven games in the next two weeks, with an eighth contest on the schedule for Jan. 22 in Atlanta against the L.A. Clippers.
Parker has missed five of the last six games for the Hawks as he battles what the team has referred to as a “right shoulder impingement.” In addition, Parker hasn’t reached 16 minutes in any of his last three appearances, and head coach Lloyd Pierce has indicated that Parker has been dealing with a shoulder issue for some time.
In 32 games this season, Parker is averaging 15.0 points and 6.0 rebounds per game. He is operating on a two-year, $13 million pact with the Hawks signed in July, though Parker’s deal for 2020-21 is a player option for $6.5 million.