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.