Grizzlies' Chandler Parsons will leave team indefinitely

Heather Diaz
January 10, 2019

The Grizzlies are looking to move Chandler Parsons.

Parsons left the team and the sides agreed to part ways last weekend.

Once the sides couldn't agree on a G League assignment plan, the organization preferred that Parsons leave the team until a resolution on his future could be worked out with his agent, James Dunleavy of Independent Sports Entertainment.

After three injury-plagued seasons with the Mavs, the Memphis Grizzlies still chose to offer Parsons an enormous $94 million contract for four years in 2017.

Memphis offered Parsons an opportunity with its G League affiliate but wouldn't assure him a spot on the active roster.

Parsons had season-ending knee surgery during the 2015-16 season and opted out of the final year of his contract with the Mavericks, in which he was set to earn $16 million. After playing just 34 and 36 games in his first two seasons, respectively, with the Grizzlies, there was hope for Parsons to turn things around this campaign.

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The Grizzlies GM says they met with Parsons, a former standout at the University of Florida, and spoke with both the forward and his representation numerous times during the forward's rehab on how to "integrate a healthy and effective Chandler" back on the court. "Unfortunately, that option wasn't presented to me". The team believes that it will be able to work out a trade for the small forward, as his expiring contract increases his value, though given the size of Parsons' contract, the team might have to throw in draft picks to entice another franchise into making a deal.

The Memphis Hustle is the G League affiliate of the Grizzlies. "We will continue to monitor Chandler's progress".

Parsons, 30, has played in just 73 games because of injuries since signing with the Grizzlies in 2016.

Management still had questions about him defensively and wanted to see him in live action with the Hustle, though Parsons had been pleading with Wallace to let him return to game action.

"Let me play!" Parsons shouted at Wallace several times after hitting 3-pointers during a scrimmage.

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