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Chandler Parsons suffers partial meniscus tear, his 3rd knee injury in 3 years

Parsons is out indefinitely and will likely miss the rest of the season.

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Chandler Parsons is out indefinitely with a partial meniscus tear in his left knee, the Memphis Grizzlies announced on Monday. It’s the third knee injury in three seasons, and Parsons will almost certainly miss at least the rest of the season. His first two surgeries were to his right knee.

Parsons had struggled this season as he slowly worked back into shape, averaging 20 minutes in 34 games with only six points on 34 percent shooting. Memphis coaches and teammates preached patience after signing Parsons to a four-year, $95 million contract, but the 6’9 forward’s recovery has now suffered another setback.

“To suffer a setback like this after working so diligently to rebound from the injury to his right knee is obviously tough. That said, we know he will continue to work tirelessly to return to the court with his teammates and contribute,” Grizzlies general manager Chris Wallace said in the team’s statement. “Chandler has the full support of myself, Coach Fizz and the entire team and we are all focused on getting him healthy.”

The news trickled out from beat reporters before the Grizzlies officially announced it. This appears to be Parsons’ third season-ending knee injury in three years. Here’s a rough timeline of his injury history over the past few seasons.

  • April 2015: Parsons plays Game 1 of the Mavericks-Rockets first-round series but is ruled out for the rest of it.
  • May 2015: Parsons undergoes a “minor hybrid microfracture surgery” to his right knee that Dallas is coy about until the surgery is finally reported in August.
  • November 2015: Parsons makes his debut after missing the first few games of the year, but he’s on a strict minutes restriction.
  • January 2016: By the middle of the month, Parsons is finally off his restriction and playing the best basketball of his career.
  • March 21, 2016: The Mavericks announce Parsons has torn his meniscus in his right knee and will miss the rest of the regular season.
  • March 30, 2016: Mark Cuban says that Parsons could return in the playoffs if the Mavericks advance past the first round.
  • July 2016: The Memphis Grizzlies sign Parsons to a four-year, $95 million contract after Dallas showed zero interest in bringing him back.
  • November 2016: Parsons plays six games from Nov. 6-18 before being shut down for another month with right knee soreness.
  • December 2016: Parsons returns on Dec. 21, but he struggles with ineffectiveness and continued minutes restrictions.
  • March 2017: The Grizzlies announce Parsons has torn his meniscus in his left knee, different than the initial right knee problems.

When Memphis signed Parsons, they saw him as a solution at forward who could provide shooting and ball handling with his 6’9 frame. At his best in Dallas, Parsons was able to provide just that, but injuries held him back both seasons.

Certainly, all the Grizzlies can do is remain optimistic and hope a full offseason of recovery can set Parsons back on the right track. However, this isn’t the first-year debut they must have expected from their key free agent signing.