The Memphis Grizzlies will have to wait just a little bit longer to roll the carpet for their new acquisition Chandler Parsons as coach David Fizdale told reporters the team will exercise due caution as he comes back from a second surgery in his right knee.
The recurring knee issue played a huge part in the Dallas Mavericks‘ unwillingness to re-sign the forward, opting instead for Harrison Barnes.
Parsons was a full participant in team practices last week and was hoping to be cleared for the season opener at Indiana. The 6-foot-10 forward told ESPN over the weekend that he was experiencing “no problems at all with the knee.”
The Florida alum has yet to play in any preseason games and hasn’t tested his knee at real NBA pace, so it is likely the team will keep bringing him on slowly, given the major investment they made in him this summer.
Parsons had surgery in May to repair the meniscus in his right knee. He had a hybrid microfracture surgery on the same knee the prior spring and was on a strict minutes limitation for the first two months of the season.
The 27-year-old shined upon his return, averaging 18.9 points, 5.9 rebounds, and 3.2 assists while shooting 51.9 percent from the floor and 47.7 percent from deep over a two-month period before re-injuring the same knee.