Chandler Parsons was supposed to be the difference in the Memphis Grizzlies taking that step from a middle of the pack Western Conference playoff team to potentially a top flight team contending for the Western Conference crown. Unfortunately, much of his past injury concerns have followed him once again.
Parsons’ final season with the Mavericks came to an end last year after a knee injury sidelined him but he went into the free agency market looking to garner a big-time deal, somewhere. Memphis inked him to a contract after they re-signed Mike Conley. It was supposed to be a new big three of Conley, Parsons and Spanish big man Marc Gasol. Unfortunately, Parsons has not lived up to his end of the bargain. He’s battled injuries all season long and his latest ailment might shut him down for the remainder oft he 2016-17 campaign.
Following from an official press release courtesy of the Memphis Grizzlies. (press release from 3/13/17)
Grizzlies forward Chandler Parsons has been diagnosed with a partial tear of the meniscus in his left knee. Parsons will be out indefinitely as the team fully evaluates the appropriate course of action.
“To suffer a setback like this after working so diligently to rebound from the injury to his right knee is obviously tough. That said, we know he will continue to work tirelessly to return to the court with his teammates and contribute,” General Manager Chris Wallace said. “Chandler has the full support of myself, Coach Fizz and the entire team and we are all focused on getting him healthy.”
And the team later released news that Parsons would be undergoing a meniscectomy to officially end his season.
(press release from 3/19/17)
After further evaluation it has been determined that Parsons will undergo a meniscectomy to repair a partial tear of the medial meniscus in his left knee. The surgery will be performed on Monday, March 20.
Parsons is expected to miss the remainder of the season.
Parsons has played a career-low 34 games this season and is averaging career lows in minutes (19.9), points per game (6.2), rebounds (2.5) and assists (1.6).