Tyreke Evans out Friday versus Nuggets, Chandler Parsons likely to play Saturday versus Magic
With an 18-42 record, the Memphis Grizzlies are likely headed to the lottery, with their front office having a lot to decide about their future. What they can only do right now is finish the year strong by stringing a few wins together and have a more respectable win-loss slate.
It’s not the easiest of tasks to pull off, especially with the injuries to some of their key players, but they could have Chandler Parsons back on Saturday against the Orlando Magic, which will be a boost for them. The development has been confirmed by Michael Wallace of Grizzlies.com, who also added that Tyreke Evans will remain out for that game with an injury to his ribs.
Grizzlies injury report for Friday's game vs Denver lists Conley, Davis, Evans and Parsons as out. Parsons, who has been out with a flu-like illness since All-Star break, has nearly recuperated and progressed in conditioning. Hearing he's likely to return Saturday vs Orlando.
— Michael Wallace (@MyMikeCheck) March 1, 2018
Parsons last played on February 14th and has since been recovering from an illness. He has only seen action in 27 games for the Grizzlies this season, after only suiting up in 34 contests last year. After signing a very lucrative deal in 2016, the Florida product has been a huge disappointment for the Grizzlies and has turned out to be a risk that has not paid dividends for them at all. He is also producing pedestrian numbers, with averages of 8.6 points, 2.8 rebounds, and 2.0 assists in 20.6 minutes per game.
However, with the Grizzlies still shorthanded, it could give Parsons an opportunity to receive more playing time moving forward and take over some of the minutes of Evans, who has played well for them off the bench throughout the year.
Should that happen, it will definitely give him more confidence, and may even take his game to a higher level, which the team will benefit from, and something that he can build on for next season. However, a harsh reality is that the Grizzlies’ future may be better served by the coaching staff playing their young guys such as Andrew Harrison and Dillon Brooks more.