Memphis, TENN—The Memphis Grizzlies, along with their fans, will be glad to know that free agent signee Chandler Parsons will be back in the lineup possibly tomorrow.
Head Coach David Fizdale told reporters that Parsons could be back as early as tomorrow against the Boston Celtics. The Grizzlies will look to end a two game losing streak.
Parsons signed a 4 year/$94 million in the offseason to join the Grit N’ Grind. The Grizzlies decision to offer Parsons this contract was questionable due to the fact that he is injury prone. This season, against his former team the Dallas Mavericks, Parsons suffered a knee injury sidelining him 17 games.
Injuries are nothing new to Parsons, because he has had knee injuries throughout his career.
1st injury- April 22, 2015 (Knee Injury) When Parsons left the Houston Rockets to join the Dallas Mavericks, he was coming off a stellar year. He averaged 15 points and five rebounds a game while still managing to shoot 49 percent from the field. What’s really intriguing about this his time in Houston was his ability to guard multiple positions. He’s an average defender, but the Mavericks not only needed someone to take the offensive load off Dirk Nowitzki, but someone to play defense as well. On April 22, 2015, the Mavericks announced that the Parsons would be out for the remainder of the season due to a knee injury. This was his first injury and it would haunt him for a while.
2nd injury- March 25th. On March 25th, Parsons had surgery on a torn meniscus in his knee. This would be his second injury but also his most serious one as well. In fact, AAOS (American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons) suggests a 3-4 month rehabilitation period. At the time of this injury, the Mavericks were really pushing for a playoff seed in the West but fell short. Had Parsons been healthy who knows what could’ve happened?
Now that he is close to returning back from another knee injury, the Grizzlies finally have all players healthy. They will return home tomorrow to face the Detroit Pistons.