Chandler Parsons was involved in a serious car accident last week that left him with injuries that could threaten his NBA career.
Morgan & Morgan, the legal team hired by Parsons, revealed in a statement on Monday that Parsons was involved in a car crash on Jan. 15 that left him with “multiple severe and permanent injuries including a traumatic brain injury, disc herniation and torn labrum.” The at-fault driver of the three-car crash admitted he was drinking before the accident and is facing DUI charges.
The statement said Parsons is currently working with doctors and his “ability to return to play is unclear.”
Parsons was traded to the Atlanta Hawks from the Memphis Grizzlies over the summer. He has appeared in five games this season and is averaging 2.8 points and 1.4 rebounds per game. He and the Grizzlies agreed to part ways after Parsons said he was fully recovered from a knee injury but the team still was not playing him. Memphis could not find a trade partner last year when Parsons wanted out, so the 31-year-old had to awkwardly return to the team for the remainder of the 2018-19 season.
Hopefully Parsons is able to make a full recovery, as that would be a tragic way to end his playing career.
The Memphis Grizzlies have finally found a taker for Chandler Parsons.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the Grizzlies have agreed to trade Parsons to the Atlanta Hawks in exchange for Solomon Hill and Miles Plumlee. Parsons was unable to come to an agreement on a buyout with Memphis, and the deal allows the Hawks to open up a roster spot.
Parsons, who has one year and roughly $25 million left on a contract that has turned into one of the worst in the NBA, looked like he was going to be moved prior to the trade deadline last season. He and the Grizzlies agreed to part ways after Parsons said he was fully recovered from a knee injury but the team still was not playing him. Memphis could not find a trade partner, however, so Parsons had to awkwardly return to the team for the remainder of the season.
Since he signed a four-year, $94 million contract with the Grizzlies prior to the 2016-17 season, Parsons has averaged less than 8.0 points and 3.0 rebounds per game. A fresh start should help him if he is indeed healthy.
Memphis Grizzlies forward Chandler Parsons will play for the team again after all.
It looked like Parsons’ Grizzlies career was over in January, but after the team failed to find a taker for him at the trade deadline, the two sides have decided to make it work for the time being and Parsons will return to the lineup after the All-Star break, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.
Parsons has battled knee injuries, though he has said he is now healthy. The Grizzlies had opted against playing him, and the two sides were headed for a separation before they found that there were no takers for his services, leaving them little choice but to bring him back into the fold.
Parsons has played in just 73 games since joining Memphis prior to the 2016-17 season. He hasn’t played in an NBA game since Oct. 22, but that will soon change.
Chandler Parsons and the Memphis Grizzlies have agreed to part ways, resolving a long-brewing situation between the sides.
Parsons signed a 4-year, $94 million contract with the Grizzlies before the 2016-2017 season even though he was coming off a knee injury. He’s been limited by knee injuries since and only played in 70 games over his first two seasons with the team.
Parsons played in the first three games of this season but was sidelined by knee soreness and has not played in a game since despite saying he’s medically cleared. Just recently, he declared he was “healthy,” yet the team still wasn’t playing him.
On Sunday, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Parsons is leaving the team as the two sides agree on a separation. The Grizzlies still owe Parsons $38 million.
Chandler Parsons has had a forgettable three-season tenure thus far with the Memphis Grizzlies, and things may now be reaching a boiling point.
Speaking Saturday with the Memphis Commercial Appeal’s Mark Giannotto, Parsons, who has not played in over two months, declared himself healthy and expressed frustration with the team for delaying his return.
“The most confusing part for me is I’m healthy,” said the veteran forward. “I’m medically cleared by the people I work with every single day, that are experts at this kind of stuff, so it’s frustrating to watch a team struggle and I’m sitting there on the bench healthy, dying to play.”
The 30-year-old Parsons signed a four-year, $94 million deal with Memphis in the summer of 2016 but has appeared in just 73 total games for them in the three seasons since due to lingering knee issues. Last season, he even had to shoot down rumors of a possible medical retirement. This season, Parsons played in the Grizzlies’ first three games but has not taken the court since.
“It’s just been a very unorganized schedule and still, to this day, there’s no set plan of when I’m going to return to play or anything like that,” Parsons went on. “No communication. No nothing. I don’t think it’s from a basketball standpoint. It’s definitely not from a health standpoint. I’ve been cleared by the medical staff of our organization, and clearly it’s not about fitting. I already earned a starting spot out of training camp and have shown I can fit with the team. I think the confusion for me is there’s no communication about what’s going on and when I’m going to play.”
Parsons also added that he and the Memphis medical staff had originally been targeting a Dec. 21 return date but that “then they kind of put an end to that,” with “they” being a reference to GM Chris Wallace and the team’s front office.
After going a miserable 22-60 last year, the Grizzlies have improved mightily in 2018-19, posting a record of 18-16 and positioning themselves on the fringe of the Western Conference playoff picture. The team may feel that they are better without Parsons, but Parsons clearly does not appreciate being what he essentially sees as a healthy scratch.
The Memphis Grizzlies may be plotting moves ahead of next week’s draft.
Michael Scotto of The Athletic reported on Thursday that the Grizzlies are gauging the trade market for a package consisting of forward Chandler Parsons and the No. 4 overall pick.
The 29-year-old Parsons is obviously a negative asset for Memphis right now — he signed a four-year, $94 million deal with them in 2016 but has averaged just 7.1 points a game in 70 total appearances since then thanks to persistent knee troubles. However, the No. 4 pick in a deep draft class could be just the sweetener the Grizzlies need to attach in order to unload Parsons’ contract.
The jury is still out on if sacrificing a prime shot at a star young player is worth shedding Parsons’ salary, especially for a team that isn’t really a big free-agent destination to begin with. But the Grizzlies need to explore all possible routes for improvement after a miserable 22-60 season, and this is at least a more realistic option than some of the others they have been considering.
The Memphis Grizzlies are stuck near the bottom of the Western Conference standings, and now they are getting stuck in other places too.
In a post to his Instagram Story early on Saturday morning, Grizzlies forward Chandler Parsons revealed that he was trapped in a hotel elevator in Miami with teammate Marc Gasol and assistant coach Nick Van Exel as the clock neared 4 AM. The team is in town for a weekend game with the Miami Heat.
Here is footage of the entire ordeal from Parsons, per Jordan Heck of Sporting News (but beware of some foul language in the clip):
The 18-39 Grizzlies just came off a blowout loss to Cleveland at home on Friday night, and now they will play the Heat in Miami less than 24 hours later. Thus, these elevator troubles could not have been timed any worse. At least one of Parsons and Gasol’s other teammates can empathize though.
The Memphis Grizzlies already lost guard Mike Conley to the news of season-ending heel surgery this weekend, but forward Chandler Parsons is adamant that he will not be following similar suit.
Ronald Tillery of The Commercial Appeal revealed on Sunday that the Grizzlies have approached Parsons’ camp about the possibility of an injury retirement. Tillery did note that the info was “not confirmed” however.
As Tillery predicted though, the denials came in quick as Parsons tweeted the following less than 30 minutes after Tillery’s original post:
Parsons, 29, has played in just 26 games for Memphis this season thanks to his persistent knee troubles and is managing a measly 8.8 points a game. This comes after a 2016-17 season where he only made 34 appearances for them and put up even worse numbers (6.2 points per game).
Regardless of whether or not medical retirement is on the table, Parsons’ four-year, $94 million contract with the team is looking more and more disastrous by the day, and Grizzlies fans already sound fed up with him.
Chandler Parsons ended up being a major disappointment last season after he signed a max contract with the Memphis Grizzlies, and many of the home fans are not willing to give him a chance to make up for it this year.
On Wednesday, Parsons came off the bench late in the first quarter and missed his first two shots, which were free throws. Fans could be heard booing him, and they did the same again in the second half when Parsons missed the first of three free throws after he was fouled shooting a 3-pointer.
Rather than taking the high road after the game, Parsons fired back at the fans.
“They can boo me, they can sarcastically cheer me, they can do whatever they want. It’s tasteless, man,” he said. “It makes no sense. We’re athletes. We’re human beings. I don’t know them personally, so it’s just a little strange to me. But that’s sports.”
As Geoff Calkins of The Commercial Appeal described, Parsons heard some cheers from Memphis fans when Marc Gasol and David Fizdale stood up after his third missed free throw and began enthusiastically encouraging the 28-year-old. Gasol and some other Grizzlies players later criticized the fans for booing.
“I’m not happy with (the booing) at all. It’s our players, we’ve got to support our players. Every single one of them,” the star center said. “Booing Chandler is just booing Mike (Conley) or booing myself. We are one team and I don’t know what’s going through people’s minds but we need to support him.”
The Grizzlies committed $94 million over four years to Parsons, and he averaged 6.2 points and 2.5 rebounds in 34 games last year. He has dealt with multiple knee injuries over the past few years, so Memphis took a risk by signing him. Thus far, it has not paid off.
Parsons tried to keep things light by cracking a few funny jokes about his struggles last season, but it’s not a good sign that his frustration is already boiling over. It’s also strange that fans aren’t willing to give him even one full game of the 2017-2018 season before letting him hear it again.
The Los Angeles Clippers have agreed to trade Chris Paul to the Houston Rockets, but Chandler Parsons knows a way Paul’s former teammates can prevent him from joining his new ones.
Lock him in a house and don’t let him leave.
Shortly after news of the Paul trade surfaced, Parsons cracked a great joke on Twitter:
For those of you who didn’t get it, Parsons was referencing the insane situation involving DeAndre Jordan during the 2015 offseason. Just when it appeared like a done deal that Jordan would be signing with the Dallas Mavericks, the Clippers supposedly had an emergency meeting with Jordan and held him hostage until he re-signed with them.
Parsons, who was with the Mavs at the time, seemed particularly offended. He made that quite clear with a comment he made a few months after Jordan backed out of his verbal agreement.