Memphis Grizzlies’ forward Chandler Parsons finally returned to the court on Wednesday, per Tim MacMahon of ESPN, who also noted that the franchise’s newest free agent signee is still uncertain for the team’s season-opener on Oct. 26 at home against the Minnesota Timberwolves. Parsons notably underwent right knee surgery back in March, which ended his tenure as a member of the Dallas Mavericks.
Back in July, the Grizzlies inked Parsons to a four-year, $94 million deal despite the fact that he was coming off his second knee surgery in the last calendar year. He played in 61 games last season, while being eased back from his initial knee surgery, and averaged 13.7 points and 4.8 rebounds per contest for the Mavericks.
With each of his last two seasons having ended with knee surgeries, Memphis has only just begun to clear Parsons for activity, which he noted that he felt, “really, really good.”
Originally selected in the second-round of the 2011 NBA Draft by the Houston Rockets, the former Florida Gator has developed into a player who has twice left his current team in hopes of taking on a bigger role with a new franchise. His first time came in the 2013 offseason when he left Houston after his first three years, heading to Dallas on a three-year,$46 million deal. He has not since matched any of the career-high numbers he put up in 20132014 when he averaged 16.6 points, five rebounds and 4.2 assists per game for the Rockets.
Parsons exercised the opt-out clause in his contract to hit the market this summer following the free agent faux pas that befell Dallas last season. His current timetable to returning to game action is still unknown.