Grizzlies, forward Chandler Parsons agree to separation

Rex Christensen
January 10, 2019

Chandler Parsons appears to be finished playing for the Grizzlies.

The Chandler Parsons era in Memphis looks to be over, and with it ends one of the most unsuccessful free agent acquisitions we have seen in the National Basketball Association in many years.

Parsons was the Grizzlies' big free agent signee in July 2016, with Memphis believing it finally had the 3-point threat the team has lacked for years.

Memphis signed the Florida product to a staggering four-year, $94 million contract in 2016. Since then, Parsons has been imploring general manager Chris Wallace to put him back on the court, with ESPN reporting that he shouted "Let me play!" at the GM after hitting some three-pointers during a pre-game scrimmage.

The reason is Parsons is making $24.1 million this season (about $13 million of that still to be paid), and a fully guaranteed $25.1 million next season.

Grizzlies general manage Chris Wallace released a statement following the ESPN report, saying that for now, Parsons has chose to continue his rehab in Los Angeles. Even if he proves he can come back and play, his next contract will be a tiny fraction of this one, Parsons isn't just going to give that money away.

The sides will work to find a trade for Parsons, sources said.

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The Memphis Hustle is the G League affiliate of the Grizzlies.

Parsons has been willing to play games with the G League affiliate but wanted a clearer plan and a timetable in place that would return him to the Grizzlies' active roster, league sources said.

"We will continue to monitor Chandler's progress", Wallance said.

Parsons, 30, hasn't played for the Grizzlies since the third game of this season due to soreness in his right knee.

"In the last of these conversations, we presented Chandler clear options for him and his representatives to choose, which included a short three-home-game stint for the Memphis Hustle or rehab either in Memphis or in Los Angeles with the training team of his choice". Trips to the G League for veterans are traditionally treated as rehab assignments, not tryouts.

Questions remain as to where Parsons will ultimately end up.

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