The Memphis Grizzlies announced today that Chandler Parsons would be undergoing a menisectomy on Monday and he will miss the remainder of the season.
This is not a surprise to anyone, as it was widely reported and anticipated that this would be the route the Grizzlies would choose to take with Parsons. Considering there are three more years and millions upon millions of dollars remaining on his contract, Memphis is wise to do their best to get him as healthy as possible.
Besides, there is no denying that the team has performed better the past four games since Parsons was removed from the lineup. Parsons ends his first season as a Grizzly with career low numbers in points per game (6.2), shooting percentage (33.8%), and three point shooting percentage (26.9%). Chandler just never got going.
While the ceiling for this season is now more than likely pretty defined (competitive first round, maybe advance depending on seeding, then a likely departure) it became clear that Parsons would not be himself this season. Whether or not Parsons playing and trudging on through the struggles contributed to his current injury will never be known. But this latest setback, while not as bad as previous problems, is still cause for concer.
The Grizzlies are now choosing the long game with their 6’10” wing, and hopefully Parsons will be ready to play come October.