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Celtics waive former No. 2 overall pick Jabari Parker ahead of season opener, per report

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Parker, only a seven-year veteran at the age of 26, has played for six NBA teams since being taken by the Milwaukee Bucks at the top of the 2014 NBA Draft. He is a career 32.1 percent 3-point shooter, so he has struggled to compensate for those newfound physical limitations in that respect, and he once famously claimed that NBA teams “Don’t pay players to play defense.” Without elite scoring inside of the arc, Parker’s utility has therefore waned significantly. Boston entered Sunday more than $6.8 million into the luxury tax, according to Spotrac. Waiving Parker cuts into that total, but if the Celtics are going to duck the tax entirely, they are going to have to trade a more expensive player.

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