In an interesting twist of events, ex-Mavericks free agent Chandler Parsons agreed to a 4-year, max-contract deal with the Memphis Grizzlies valued around $94 million. While the small forward had no lack of suitors this free agency despite coming off season-ending knee surgery this past season, many around the association did not expect Parsons to receive the max-contract he desired.
Free agent Chandler Parsons is nearing agreement on a four-year, $94M max deal with the Memphis Grizzlies, league sources tell @TheVertical.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) July 1, 2016
However, with the Grizzlies looking to upgrade their perimeter shooting during this offseason, general manager Chris Wallace took the opportunity while he could and offered the sharp shooter an offer he couldn’t refuse. The 5-year veteran owns a career average 14.3 points per game on 47.4% shooting from the field. Parsons will definitely provide some help for Grizzlies star frontcourt duo Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph by spacing the floor and allowing more room in the paint.
In addition to upgrading the Grizzlies backcourt, Parsons also will be used to convince Grizzlies’ free agent point guard Mike Conley of returning to his incumbent team where he’s spent all his time in the NBA. Conley was reported saying that he wanted the Grizzlies to “upgrade,” and Parsons could be just that.
With his relocation to Memphis, Parsons now has played with three southwest division teams, including the Houston Rockets as his first franchise in the NBA. While Parsons was definitely searching for a max-contract rather than a championship caliber team, there is no doubt that the small forward will look to have a more successful career in Memphis than his two-year stint in Dallas.
Parsons joins a wave of NBA free agents who are cashing in on the $22 million increase in cap space this offseason, making a number of athletes across American sports nationally jealous. Yet, with the new influx of money, Parsons, along with the rest of the NBA’s new max-contract players, must deliver for their new franchises who will expect production out of their new acquisition.
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