Grizzlies, Parsons reportedly split amid playing time spat
MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - The relationship between the Memphis Grizzlies and Chandler Parsons may have reached an unsalvageable rough patch.
ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Parsons will leave the team indefinitely.
Wojnarowski reports Parsons' agent and the team are working on a resolution as the situation continues.
The oft-injured forward has been medically cleared for action for weeks, but has not participated in a game since October 22 and has played in just three games all season.
The team issued a statement Sunday night to address the troubles with Parsons:
“We met with Chandler and spoke with him and his representation numerous times during his rehab process, laying out a number of options to help integrate a healthy and effective Chandler back on to the floor.
In the last of these conversations, we presented Chandler clear options for him and his representatives to choose, which included a short three-home-game stint for the Memphis Hustle or rehab either in Memphis or in Los Angeles with the training team of his choice.
Chandler subsequently chose to continue his rehab in Los Angeles.
We will continue to monitor Chandler’s progress.”
Parsons reportedly agreed to play games with the Memphis Hustle, but wanted assurance that he would be back with the big league club afterward--something the team wouldn't provide.
ESPN’s Tim MacMahon reported Parsons shouted “Let me play” toward General Manager Chris Wallace after making three-pointers during practice.
Parsons' Instagram posts as of recent weeks appear to be not-so-subtle indicators of how he’s felt toward the team.
ESPN sources said the team is working to find a trade partner for the 30-year-old.
Parsons signed a four-year, $94 million contract with the Grizzlies in the summer of 2016 that has been largely viewed as a flop as knee problems have continued to hinder the shooter. ESPN reports that Parsons is still owed $38 million on that deal.
He’s appeared in just 73 games in a Memphis uniform.
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