Grizzlies' Parsons to continue rehabilitation in Los Angeles

Grizzlies' Parsons to continue rehabilitation in Los Angeles

The Chandler Parsons era in Memphis is coming to an end.

Chandler Parsons was medically cleared to return to the Memphis Grizzlies' lineup on December 21 but has instead been listed as a healthy-inactive in the subsequent games.

Parsons told Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN he is disappointed things did not work out in Memphis but that he's ready and wants to play.

Memphis signed the Florida product to a staggering four-year, $94 million contract in 2016.

Parsons has been willing to play games with G League affiliate the Memphis Hustle but wanted a clearer plan and a timetable in place that would return him to the Grizzlies' active roster, league sources said.

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Parsons is still guaranteed for a $25M salary until the 2019-20 season, so it's obvious that the Grizzlies should get creative in dealing the veteran forward to an interested team. Last season was his best in Memphis when he averaged 7.9 points on 46 percent shooting from the floor in 19 minutes per game. The team still believes Parsons will have value as an expiring contract, even if it takes into the offseason to make a deal.

"We will continue to monitor Chandler's progress", Wallance said.

According to the report, the final straw between Parsons and Memphis centered around the possibility of the team assigning him to its G League affiliate.

The Grizzlies GM says they met with Parsons, a former standout at the University of Florida, and spoke with both the forward and his representation numerous times during the forward's rehab on how to "integrate a healthy and effective Chandler" back on the court. Meanwhile, Parsons was okay with going down to the farm team, but wanted a clear plan in place for his return to National Basketball Association action. "Unfortunately, that option wasn't presented to me". Knee problems have allowed him to play only 73 games over the past three seasons, including just three this year.

"Let's face it, the last two years have gone horribly and not the way I planned, but the reasons why I came to Memphis are still all intact", Parsons said then.

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