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Chandler Parsons, Memphis Grizzlies agree to part ways

10 January 2019

It appears former Mavericks forward Chandler Parsons has overstayed his welcome with the Memphis Grizzlies.

Memphis offered Parsons an opportunity with its G League affiliate but wouldn't assure him a spot on the active roster.

It was reported Sunday that Parsons is taking an indefinite leave from the Grizzlies while his agent works with the team's front office on a resolution for the 30-year-old's future. Limited by injuries, he played a combined 70 games over the first two seasons of that contract, but his agent told The Commercial Appeal on December 28 that Parsons had been cleared and was ready to play. The team believes that it will be able to work out a trade for the small forward, as his expiring contract increases his value, though given the size of Parsons' contract, the team might have to throw in draft picks to entice another franchise into making a deal.

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Parsons joined the Grizzlies as a free agent on a four-year contract worth 94 million dollars in 2016, but played only 70 games over the previous two seasons owing to knee injuries and surgery.

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

The final disagreement that led to Parsons leaving the team and city - perhaps permanently - has been centered around the circumstances of a possible G League assignment.

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Parsons had hoped to stay with the Grizzlies and continue practicing with the team, even if the organization chose not to activate him for games.

Grizzlies general manager Chris Wallace said the team gave Chandler multiple options concerning his rehab.

Management still had questions about him defensively and wanted to see him in live action with the Hustle, though Parsons had been pleading with Wallace to let him return to game action.

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Since signing with the Grizzlies ahead of the 2016-17 season, Parsons has been riddled with injuries. Before signing with Memphis, Parsons had never played fewer than 61 games in a season in the National Basketball Association with stints in Houston and Dallas.

Chandler Parsons, Memphis Grizzlies agree to part ways