An already awful season just got worse for a struggling Chandler Parsons as he was diagnosed with a partial tear of the meniscus in his left knee, leaving him on the sidelines indefinitely until further evaluation, according to the team.
The 6-foot-9 wing will likely need season-ending knee surgery for the third straight year, according to ESPN’s Tim MacMahon. This won’t be a repeat procedure as his previous two surgeries were in his right knee.
“To suffer a setback like this after working so diligently to rebound from the injury to his right knee is obviously tough. That said, we know he will continue to work tirelessly to return to the court with his teammates and contribute,” Memphis Grizzlies GM Chris Wallace said. “Chandler has the full support of myself, Coach Fizz and the entire team and we are all focused on getting him healthy.”
Parsons was recently included in the starting lineup, thing which rookie head coach David Fizdale has taken a lot of heat for in recent days.
The Florida product has underperformed all season long, due to his fragile state and constant injuries — averaging 6.2 points and 2.5 rebounds — career-worst numbers since coming into the league in 2011.
After two seasons with the Dallas Mavericks, Chandler Parsons signed a four-year, $94.4 million contract with the Grizzlies this past offseason. He’s currently the second-highest paid player on the team after point guard Mike Conley Jr.