Parsons will start the 2017-18 campaign coming off the bench, Michael Wallace of Grizzlies.com reports. Parsons is slated to make $23.1 million during the upcoming campaign, and while that's starter's money, coach David Fizdale will opt to bring his oft-injured forward off the bench at both forward spots. He was limited to just 34 games last season due to a left knee injury and has dealt with multiple other injuries throughout his career, so this very well could be a way for the team to limit his workload throughout the season. In moving to the bench, Parsons' value takes yet another hit, though he was already an extremely risky option due to his injury history. It may be wise to avoid him until a defined role is evident.
Parsons will not play during Friday's preseason finale against the Pelicans for personal reasons. Parsons hasn't been particularly effective of late, failing to score across his last 22 preseason minutes. Regardless, his absence Friday will seemingly open up time for the likes of James Ennis, Tyreke Evans and deeper reserve options.
Parsons was scoreless (0-2 FG, 0-2 3Pt) over 12 minutes in Wednesday's 101-89 preseason loss to the Rockets and added two rebounds and one assist. Parsons has come up empty in the scoring column in his last two exhibitions, but he's only played a combined 22 minutes over that stretch. The seven-year veteran is being brought along slowly during the exhibition slate after injuries decimated his 2016-17 campaign, and is likely to start the regular season on some type of minutes limit, especially considering the Grizzlies boast a capable backup small forward option in James Ennis.
Parsons tallied five points (2-6 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 1-1 FT), three rebounds, two assists and two blocks across 18 minutes during Wednesday's 110-89 victory over the Grizzlies. While Parsons wasn't on the floor long, the main concern for the Grizzlies will be keeping him healthy heading into the regular season, as he played just 34 games last year while dealing with knee problems. He projects to be the team's No. 3 option on offense heading into 2017-18 and could see time at small forward and power forward.
Parsons scored six points (3-6 FG, 0-2 3Pt) while adding three rebounds, three assists and two blocks in 18 minutes during Monday's preseason win over the Magic. After playing only 34 games in his first season with the Grizzlies in 2016-17, Parsons is entering camp healthy and was one of only two projected Opening Night starters to be in the starting five Monday, an encouraging sign. If he can stay 100 percent, or close to it, the 28-year-old should be able to bolster Memphis' scoring from beyond the arc.
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