Published: Thu, January 10, 2019
Sports | By Juana Wells

Grizzlies, Chandler Parsons agree to part ways, report says

Grizzlies, Chandler Parsons agree to part ways, report says

Chandler Parsons' career with the Memphis Grizzlies is likely over, with the two sides agreeing to a separation on Sunday, league sources told ESPN. I will continue to work out and train until my agent and the team reach a resolution. It's a mutual thing, Parsons is frustrated that he is medically cleared to play but cannot get on the court, the Grizzlies are less confident in where Parsons is at in his recovery from another left knee surgery and how much he can help them make the playoffs in the West.

ESPN reports that Parsons has been pleading with Grizzlies GM Chris Wallace, who wanted Parsons to play multiple games with Grizzlies' G League affiliate before returning to the active roster.

The swingman signed a four-year, $94.5 million maximum contract with Memphis in the summer of 2016. Per ESPN, Memphis still believes it will be able to trade Parsons, although the team has been hesitant to include a first-round pick in any deal.

The Memphis Hustle is the G League affiliate of the Grizzlies.

Grizzlies general manage Chris Wallace released a statement following the ESPN report, saying that for now, Parsons has made a decision to continue his rehab in Los Angeles.

"In the last of these conversations, we presented Chandler clear options for him and his representatives to choose, which included a short three-home game stint for the Memphis Hustle or rehab either in Memphis or in Los Angeles with the training team of his choice", Wallace said in the statement.

"We will continue to monitor Chandler's progress", Wallance said.

Based on discussions with the Memphis medical staff, Parsons expected to return for a December 21 road game in Sacramento, sources said. He has instead been scrimmaging 5-on-5 with the team in recent weeks to prove his readiness, and he made a positive impression on the coaching staff and teammates with his ability to still contribute offensively, sources said.

Questions remain as to where Parsons will ultimately end up.

In 73 games with the Grizzlies, Parsons averaged roughly 18 minutes on the court per game, and scored roughly 6.5 points to pair with a measly two rebounds and an assist, not exactly what Grizzlies owner Robert Pera hoped he was paying for back in 2017.

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