Chandler Parsons Cleared To Play, Remains Inactive

The Grizzlies are making forward Chandler Parsons a healthy-inactive for the foreseeable future, tweets Shams Charania of The Athletic. Parsons was cleared to play by the team’s medical staff and participated in a full five-on-five scrimmage Saturday, according to Charania, but wasn’t available for Sunday’s game against the Lakers.

Parsons, 30, has played just three contests with the Grizzlies this season. He’s been sidelined with right knee soreness since Oct. 24, undergoing an MRI that showed fluid build-up but no structural damage at the time.

The Grizzlies most recently listed Parsons as out with “return from injury management,” a term often used when essentially healthy players are sitting, according to David Cobb of the Memphis Commercial Appeal. Memphis owns a 17-16 record this season, seeing strong production from multiple players around Mike Conley and Marc Gasol with Parsons out.

Parsons signed a four-year, maximum-salary contract with the Grizzlies in 2016 worth roughly $94MM, appearing in just 70 games during his first two seasons. He’s set to make $24.1MM this season and $25.1MM next season, allowing him to enter free agency in the summer of 2020.

Memphis has two days of rest before hosting the Cavaliers on Wednesday and Celtics on Saturday. The team will then travel to Houston to play the Rockets on the final day of 2018.

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9 thoughts on “Chandler Parsons Cleared To Play, Remains Inactive

  1. imindless

    One of the worst contracts in league history! 25 million a year for 5.8 ppg, could have bradley beal, danian lillard or kemba walker for less….

  2. Mr_KLC

    Parsons should be sending the Rockets Christmas cards every year because he fleeced the Masvericks and Grizzlies with the potential he showed in Houston.

    • I read a great article somewhere like Sports Illustrated or something just last summer that talked about how hard he worked to get ready to play this year. I know the dude is trying to come back but sometimes the body doesn’t cooperate. This guy could really score when he was healthy. Great outside shooter and could get to the hole as well.

  3. yoyo137

    It’s so crazy to me that the Blazers were going to give that 4 year/$94 million deal to Parsons or Whiteside, now looking back 4/$74 million for Evan Turner doesn’t look so bad. Parsons was a great player when he was healthy but some people just have no luck when it comes to injuries.

    • Turner still sucks, I’d rather have Whiteside in the team than Turner, they could have a wing for Nurkic then, the team would be better then.

        • Whiteside is pretty productive. ET seems productive b/c he does a little bit of everything, but man he’s inefficient compared to players in similar roles. Basically paying 10M more for Wesley Johnson production. I’d take Whiteside over ET. Whiteside does something unique, only 4 guys averaging over 2.5 blocks per game this year, and he’s been over 2 for 4 of 5 seasons.

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