Coach David Fizdale said Monday that Parsons "will be a full go" to begin camp, Ronald Tillery of the Memphis Commercial Appeal reports.
The expectation all along was that Parsons would be available to begin camp, and Fizdale's words seem to confirm that notion. The oft-injured wing, who struggled in 34 games for Memphis last season, has been hampered by knee issues for the better part of the last few years, and his production has fallen off dramatically since leaving Houston in 2014. If the Grizzlies hope to remain a playoff team in the uber-talented Western Conference, they'll need contributions from Parsons, who's played in only 95 total games since the start of the 2015-16 campaign. "I'm not going to use kid gloves with [Parsons]," Fizdale said. "He's got to get in the fire."
Parsons has been rehabbing a torn meniscus in Los Angeles as of late, with reports of 'promising' progress being sent to general manager Wallace. The tone suggests that Parsons should still be ready for training camp, as was expected back in mid-June. Provided there are no setbacks, he should be locked into a starting role with the team for 2017-18. Though he struggled mightily last season while playing through injury, he appeared in 61 games back in 2015-16, posting 13.7 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.8 assists across 29.5 minutes per game while shooting 49.2 percent from the field and 41.4 percent from three.
Parsons once again saw his season cut short due to an injury, as he played in just 34 games with the Grizzlies and eventually ended up undergoing a meniscectomy on his left knee in March. With training camp not until late September, Parsons should have plenty of time to make a full recovery throughout the offseason, although when you take Parsons' injury history into account, the Grizzlies will likely be as safe as they can with his workload ahead of the team's season opener. Parsons is heading into the second year of a four-year, $94.5 million contract and is slated to net just over $23 million during the 2017-18 campaign. That certainly indicates that Parsons should rejoin the starting five right out of the gates, but it still remains to be seen if he'll be able to return to his previous form that netted him his original max deal with the Grizzlies in Jul. of 2016.
While there were rumors indicating that Parsons could miss the rest of the season, we can now officially confirm that, as Parsons will undergo a procedure on Monday. A timetable for recovery has not been provided, so it remains to be seen when he'll be able to resume basketball activities this summer. Parsons is locked in at a hefty $23.1 million guaranteed contract for the 2017-18 season, so he should be back with the Grizzlies as long as he's able to make a full recovery. Vince Carter has started the last four games for the Grizzlies and should continue to do so, while James Ennis is another guy who should pick up some added time for the final month of the season sans Parsons.
Parsons was diagnosed Tuesday with a partially torn meniscus in his left knee and will be sidelined indefinitely.
While it was Parsons' right knee that has previously required two surgeries in the past, he's been bothered by soreness in his left knee of late and previously missed time earlier this season while battling a bone bruise in the knee. After he was ruled out for the second time in three games ahead of Monday's tilt with the Hawks, it was determined Parsons had suffered a more serious setback with the left knee than anticipated, and it now seems quite likely he'll be at risk of missing the rest of the season. Fantasy owners in most formats probably bailed on Parsons long ago with the forward averaging 6.2 points (on 33.8% shooting from the field), 2.5 rebounds and 1.6 assists in just 19.9 minutes per game over 34 appearances on the season, and this news will only offer more incentive for those in single-season leagues to banish him to the waiver wire. With Parsons uncertain to play again this season, Vince Carter and James Ennis should be in store for added run over the next month.
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