Southwest Notes: Parsons, House, Mills, Capela

Grizzlies forward Chandler Parsons is set to rejoin the rotation for the remainder of the season, David Cobb of the Memphis Commercial Appeal writes. Parsons has played just three games this season, mutually agreeing to separate from the team early last month as trade talks began to heat up.

“He’ll get minutes like everybody else,” head coach J.B. Bickerstaff said of Parsons, according to Cobb. “Because of the layoff, he’ll probably have to play through some bumps. But the expectation is for him to contribute and help us win. Those are the guys I’ll always play.”

Parsons’ tenure with the Grizzlies has been tumultuous since he originally joining the franchise on a maximum-salary deal in the summer of 2016. Despite his future looking murky before this month’s deadline, Parsons insists he had no interest in leaving the team in a trade.

“Honestly, no,” Parsons said. “This is just as new a start as going to a new team, except that I’m familiar with the city, familiar with the coaching staff, the defensive terminology. I wanted to play. I’ve wanted to play since I was cleared two months ago. That hasn’t changed. I chose to come here, and I still want to be here. I wasn’t going to just stay in L.A. and watch my team play for the last six weeks of the season. I was going to come, and that’s that.”

Parsons was sidelined to start the season with knee soreness, but has worked his way back to game shape after several months away from the court. The Grizzlies own the second-worst record in the Western Conference at 23-36.

There’s more from the Southwest Division tonight:

  • Danuel House is hopeful to return to the Rockets this season, he stated in an interview with David Yapkowitz of Basketball Insiders. “Hopefully I can go back to Houston and compete for a title,” he said. “There’s nothing like learning from James [Harden] and Chris Paul, Gerald Green, Eric Gordon and those guys. And now with the additions of [Iman] Shumpert and Kenneth Faried, I’m just excited to hopefully get something done so I can be out there and competing with those guys.” House was unable to agree on a new contract with the Rockets last month, currently playing for the team’s G League affiliate in Rio Grande.
  • Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News details how Patty Mills became the heart and soul of the Spurs, labeling his leadership, commitment and selfless style of play with the franchise over the past eight seasons. “It’s much bigger than me, much bigger than what all of us here today are,” Mills said. “It’s about the past, and about the future. I think it’s really important for the new guys to understand that.”
  • The Rockets are excited about the return of Clint Capela, who missed 15 straight games following thumb surgery and is set to return on Thursday against the Lakers, Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle writes. “We’re excited to get Clint back,” teammate P.J. Tucker said. “Clint is a huge piece to our team and he makes a lot of other people’s jobs a lot easier. He makes our defense be able to switch on to guards and be able to guard guards and protect the rim as well, changes the dynamic for us.”
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4 thoughts on “Southwest Notes: Parsons, House, Mills, Capela

    • KCelts

      Seeing him in Houston, I don’t know how he didn’t get some run in Brooklyn. I know they want young players to develop, but Manimal still has some game in him.

      • D$!LLKU$H-og

        I’m a BK fan and watch almost every game. Atkinson plays favorites. For some reason he didn’t like him and liked Jared Dudley more. Even when we were getting killed on the boards we had 6’7 Duds, 6’7 RHJ or 6’5 Treveon Graham at the 4. It’s true that later on it was because Kurucs was balling and needed to develop. But whenever Manimal went in he had a ton of energy and was like 20 and 12 per 36. He only played in garbage time though. Most of us are happy for him.

        On another note, why is Morey being cheap with Danuel House? The kid played great for them and if he hasn’t noticed they’re not really loaded when it comes to young talent. They’ve got Capela who’s like 25 now and Hartenstein who tbh doesn’t look ready for the NBA. How the heck was he projected to go early 20s in last year’s draft? Idk Morey should just bite the bullet and pay House what he wants.

  1. Parsons can’t control his injuries but he proves to be a real pro, real man… Grizzlies, not so much, they looking more like the clowns they are by the day, SMH!

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