MEMPHIS — The injury woes of Chandler Parsons continue for the Memphis Grizzlies.
Memphis fans will have to wait longer to see Parsons in action, as the Grizzlies' big offseason acquisition will not be ready when the team opens the 2016-17 regular season on Oct. 26 against the visiting Minnesota Timberwolves.
The veteran small forward has been ruled out as he continues to rehab his surgically repaired right knee, new head coach David Fizdale told reporters on Monday and Michael Wallace of Grizzlies.com reports.
This is not surprising. Although Parsons practiced in full both Saturday and Sunday, the Grizzlies are going to be patient with their new wing-man. In a smart move, Memphis will play it safe and keep him sidelined to start the season.
He was limited upon entering training camp, and didn't make a single appearance for the Grizzlies in six preseason games.
Memphis has not named a starter at small forward, but it will most likely be James Ennis or rookie Troy Williams.
Best case scenario is that there is chance Parsons will be cleared for Saturday's matchup against the New York Knicks, allowing another week of recovery.
Other injury news: Brandan Wright will also be sidelined against Minnesota. Wright is battling an ankle injury.