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REPORT: Grizzlies shopping Chandler Parsons and 4th pick

Chandler Parsons

The Memphis Grizzlies are currently burdened by the seemingly onerous contract of Chandler Parsons, one they are reportedly looking to move before next week’s NBA Draft. According to Michael Scotto of The Athletic, the Grizzlies are so eager to move on from Parsons that they are willing to package the small forward along with their No. 4 pick in a trade prior to next week’s NBA Draft.

With the draft a week away, executives are exploring the trade market with more urgency while filtering real intel versus smokescreens.

The Memphis Grizzlies have gauged the trade market on a package of Chandler Parsons and the No. 4 overall pick, league sources told The Athletic.

Chandler signed a four-year deal worth a staggering $94.5 million with the Grizzlies, who are currently over the cap by $5 million. Through the first half of that contract’s life, Parsons was only able to play for 70 games, thanks to his injury woes. Last season he only appeared in 36 games, starting in just eight of them, and finishing the campaign with paltry averages of 7.9 points, 2.5 rebounds, and 1.9 assists. Most fans think he’s the most overpaid player in the league – and for a good reason.

Parsons stands to earn $49.2 million more over the next two years. It’s going to be difficult for Memphis to move an injury-prone asset like Parsons, but adding that fourth pick could sweeten the trade offer enough for teams to consider taking on the former Florida Gator’s remaining salary.