Jabari Parker had a chance to leave the Boston Celtics last week after the team waived his partially guaranteed contract ahead of the team’s regular-season opener.

There were potentially bigger opportunities waiting for him with other teams in the NBA or abroad for the 26-year-old talent. However, the Duke product did not look around much at other options when figuring the Celtics were interested in bringing him back on a non-guaranteed deal.

“I just knew (Boston) was the right place to be. I knew that,” Parker said at Boston’s shoot around before Wednesday’s matchup against the Wizards. “This is a winning team and iron sharpens iron, so if anything, I’m going to get better here playing against the guys every day, being around true competitors, and obviously get a chance for me to learn. So this is just a great situation just because I’m just grateful for it and I’m counting my blessings.”

Parker has had to remain patient for opportunities since re-joining Boston last Tuesday, earning three consecutive DNP-CDs as the Celtics opened their season with a 1-2 record. The veteran forward stayed ready for his chance though on Monday night against the high scoring Hornets with Ime Udoka hinting to him that he would be getting a chance to play with Al Horford sidelined due to injury.