Chandler Parsons’ first stint with the Memphis Grizzlies has been disappointing to say the least, but reports today tell us that it’s not about to get any better. Parsons is now scheduled to undergo surgery to repair the torn meniscus in his left knee, effectively ending his season.
Parsons signed a hefty four-year, $94 million contract with Memphis this past offseason and has dealt with injuries all season long. He’s mostly dealt with nagging knee injuries that have heavily hindered his ability to play on the floor, as well as his production whenever he managed to see playing time.
In his 34 games with the Grizzlies this season, Parsons has averaged a disappointing 6.2 points, 2.5 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 0.6 steals and 0.1 blocks, all of which are career lows. Not exactly the kind of production you expect from someone who signed such a lucrative deal.
Memphis is likely to continue starting Vince Carter in Parsons’ absence, but that could be tough considering Carter is now 40 years old. It’s truly unknown as to whether or not Carter’s body can take the toll of playing 30 minutes a night, but we’ve never exactly seen a 40-year-old who’s as athletic as Carter is right now. So I guess we just have to wait and see.