Parsons inked a four-year, maximum-salary contract with the Grizzlies in the great summer cap boom of 2016. However, knee and back problems limited him to 95 total games during the first three years of his contract. After protracted wrangling with Memphis in 2018/19, Parsons was flipped to Atlanta this summer. He has missed the first 11 games of Atlanta’s 2019/20 season.
Parsons flashed complementary All-Star potential in his time with the Rockets and Mavericks in the first four years of his NBA career. The 6’9″ sharpshooting forward was drafted with the 38th pick out of Florida in 2011, and outperformed modest pre-draft expectations until his body began to betray him at the tail end of the 2014/15 season.
The Grizzlies took a big swing in 2016, hoping their medical staff could mitigate his injury risks. Atlanta has significantly more modest expectations, and could use Parsons as a bench kick-out target for stud point guard Trae Young.
If Parsons is able to showcase flashes of his former self on his new team and stay healthy through early 2020, he may have a shot at postseason glory yet. His is an expensive expiring contract, and could be dangled by Atlanta in a trade to a team looking to clear cap space for this summer. It’s more likely that he will be bought out of his remaining contract by Atlanta and hit the buyout market. A reasonably healthy Parsons could serve as a nice floor-spacing bench addition for NBA teams looking to add cheap shooting for a spring playoff run.