Memphis Grizzlies small forward Chandler Parsons will be officially gone in a matter of time, as the two sides work a trade, but Parsons isn’t exactly thrilled with how things played out this season.
Parsons was officially medically cleared to return to action back on December 21st, but he never made it to the floor.
The Grizzlies instead wanted Parsons to play in the G League, and while Parsons was willing to do it, he wanted the team to have a clear plan for his return to action in the NBA.
In the end, the Grizzlies decided that Parsons being away from the team as they hunt for a trade is the best scenario.
“I am extremely disappointed that I didn’t get to finish this season alongside my teammates and the Memphis coaching staff,” Parsons said,according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. “Unfortunately that option wasn’t presented to me.
“The Grizzlies training staff medically cleared me to play 5-on-5 in mid-December and I have been practicing with the team ever since. I will continue to work out and train until my agent and the team reach a resolution. I am ready to play and committed to getting back on the court.”
Trading Parsons, who signed a four-year, $94.5 million max contract in 2016, won’t be easy for Memphis.
Grizzlies’ Justin Holiday Now Feeling Comfortable with New Team
Memphis Grizzlies wing Justin Holiday has overcome some initial struggles with his new team following a trade from the Chicago Bulls back in January, and is feeling more comfortable.
Holiday has showed it on the court, with an improved play of late, and has become a key component of the Grizzlies’ rotation.
“You want to come in and do well and help the team,” Holiday said, according to Omari Sankofa II of The Athletic.
“That was the biggest thing for me, and feeling like you’re being a burden at times, which, it is what it is, but that was the hardest thing for me. Not playing at the level I normally do. But understanding that it comes with being traded. I just knew it was going to take time so it was just being patient and allowing myself to understand what we want to do here and allow myself to be helped.”
Holiday’s number in February tell the story, as he is averaging 12.3 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game this month.
“If I know the ins and outs of everyone’s position, where they’re supposed to be, that’s the player I am,” Holiday said. “I know everybody’s position in a play. So now I’m getting to the point where I know that and now I’m comfortable. If I know everything that’s going on, I’m good.”
Grizzlies, Hornets Working Towards Marc Gasol Trade
According to the Sporting News’ Sean Deveney, there is growing skepticism that the two teams can work out a trade despite Gasol being held out of Tuesday’s game, leading many to believe that a trade was being finalized.
Per the report:
“But league sources told Sporting News that the Hornets and Grizzlies do not have an agreement in place, and that there is increasing skepticism on both sides that a trade can be brought to bear ahead of Thursday’s NBA trade deadline. The Hornets have had interest in Gasol for some time, but a deal has not progressed.”
Gasol and teammate Mike Conley will almost certainly be moved by the deadline, but Gasol to the Hornets doesn’t seem like such a sure thing.
Jazz, Pistons Negotiating Trade for Grizzlies’ Mike Conley
According to the Detroit Free Press’ Vince Ellis, the Pistons have been in talks with Memphis, but have interest in Washington Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal and Charlotte Hornets point guard Kemba Walker.
Conley has averaged 20.2 points and 6.3 assists per game this season for Memphis.
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