Hawks’ Chandler Parsons says not being able to play ‘sucks’, insists he’s healthy and ready
Chandler Parsons has been cast out since the Atlanta Hawks traded for Solomon Hill and Miles Plumlee after spending his last three seasons with the Memphis Grizzlies. Derailed by a wave of injuries and poor performance upon his return, Parsons has been unable to regain his footing after inking a four-year, $94.4 million deal with the Grizzlies during a wild 2016 free-agency period.
Now he’s struggling to get on the court, appearing in only four games this season and averaging 3.5 points and 1.5 rebounds. The Hawks could have used some help at power forward after John Collins was suspended for 25 games due to use of a banned substance, but head coach Lloyd Pierce chose to go with a committee while starting Jabari Parker, leaving Parsons very little room to prove himself.
“It sucks. It really sucks,” Parsons told Bryan Kalbrosky of HoopsHype. “Obviously, I want to play. I want to help. I’m healthy and I’m in a contract year, so I want to show the team that I’m healthy and I can play and I can definitely help this team win. But at the same time, I understand the objective here and I understand the operation and knowing that development, so I’m just staying ready. Like I said, I’m being a leader and being a good locker room guy. Whenever he wants to play me, I’ll be ready.”
Parsons is unlikely to get a contract as massive as the one he secured after a successful stint with the Dallas Mavericks, and his future could be in serious jeopardy if he can’t find a team willing to give him minutes to prove his worth in the league.