Memphis Grizzlies forward Chandler Parsons is now out indefinitely with a partial tear of the meniscus in his left knee. Parsons has played just 34 games this season — his first in Memphis — having missed time with knee injuries earlier in the season.
Chandler Parsons injury update: https://t.co/jzcc6pSCsC
— Memphis Grizzlies (@memgrizz) March 13, 2017
Memphis kept this update ambiguous, using the word “indefinitely.” But it’s tough to imagine Parsons playing again this season, even as the Grizzlies gear up for a playoff run.
The Grizzlies knew that Parsons was injury-prone when they signed him to a four-year, $94.4 million deal last offseason, but this has to be worse than imagined. Parsons’ previous career low in games played was 61, his last season with Dallas.
Without Parsons, the Grizzlies are poised to finish at either the No. 6 or No. 7 seed in the Western Conference. If he isn’t on the court playing his best ball, it’s also likely they will lose in the first round of the playoffs as they did last year.
If Parsons can ever stay healthy, the Grizzlies have the potential to be dangerous. He said after he signed last year they’d have one of the best starting five in the Association.
But based on recent years, there’s no indication that will happen anytime soon.