But it’s not hard to see a new coach and revamped front office placing a higher priority on younger players, especially now that Parsons is entering the final year of his contract. While he proved he can be effectively offensively during his 21-game stint in the season’s second half, it feels unlikely that Parsons will be a integral piece of the team’s 2019-20 plan.
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Parsons’ days of averaging 36 minutes per game — like he did for a two-season stretch with the Rockets from 2012-2014 — are over. But he is still envisioning a productive 2019-20 season for himself as he enters the final season of his contract. “I’m going to continue to do all the right things this summer and put myself in the best situation to play a lot of games next year,” Parsons said. “Where that will be, I don’t know. You’ve got to ask the guys upstairs. But I’m fully committed to the team and coming back, if that’s what it’s going to be.”
Parsons said the day after the season ended that he “doesn’t really speak” to the Grizzlies’ front office. But with Chris Wallace demoted from general manager to a scouting role and Zach Kleiman leading basketball operations, perhaps the sides can work together to find a mutually agreeable way to end Parsons’ rocky time in Memphis.
The Grizzlies have attempted to engage several teams in a deal to move Chandler Parsons — most notably the Atlanta Hawks, league sources said. The sides have yet to build the necessary traction toward a trade. The move would free Parsons from Memphis, which has decided not to play him even though he has been cleared for basketball since Dec. 21. Expect forward JaMychal Green to attract significant interest entering the deadline.
If (when?) the Grizzlies reach the point that they are truly prepared to break up their star duo of Gasol and Mike Conley, one potential trade scenario I’ve heard would involve Memphis insisting to any interested team that Chandler Parsons must be involved in the same trade.
The Grizzlies are also working on a potential trade destination for forward Chandler Parsons, who has spent time away from the team after the franchise made him a healthy inactive even as he was cleared medically on Dec. 21. Grizzlies forward JaMychal Green, who is in the final year of a two-year, $18 million deal, is seen by NBA teams as one of Memphis’ best young assets.
However, Heat reporter Ira Winderman suggested that Miami should be looking at their long-term future, saying that instead of chasing a star, the team should trade for cap space. I think the Heat will be willing to trade players for future cap space. I’ll give you one, trade for Chandler Parsons, not to play him, but he only has two years left on his deal. If you make a deal like that, James Johnson, three years left. Kelly Olynyk, three years left. Dion [Waiters] three years left. You could have more money for 2020 free agency. So instead of flipping them for a star, I could see by the trade deadline, the Heat flipping some of those contracts for salary cap space.
Parsons — who is guaranteed $38 million in salary through the 2019-20 season — left the Grizzlies on Sunday to continue working out on his own in California. The Grizzlies and Parsons couldn’t agree on a G League assignment plan that would assure Parsons of his return to the active NBA roster this season. The sides will work to find a trade for Parsons, sources said.
The Dallas Mavericks and the Memphis Grizzlies have, sources tell me, talked about trade concepts that would sent the No. 4 overall pick in Thursday’s NBA Draft from Memphis to Dallas, with Chandler Parsons as the “salary dump” included in the swap. The Grizzlies began last weekend in the preliminary stages of shopping the idea, as first noted here, with DallasBasketball.com breaking the story on Dallas’ willingness in “taking on money in exchange for a top-10 pick,” as a source put it to us last Thursday.
Marc Stein: The Grizzlies, meanwhile, continue to receive significant trade interest in the No. 4 pick in scenarios where they would also send out Chandler Parsons. The Grizz are said to be taking more calls than they’re making, but staying in the high lottery is obviously crucial to Memphis twitter.com/TheSteinLine/s…
Mike Fisher: Source: #Mavs ‘not willing’ to include Harrison Barnes in #Grizzlies ‘Parsons + pick No. 4’ trade idea (vip)
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The Memphis Grizzlies have gauged the trade market on a package of Chandler Parsons and the No. 4 overall pick, league sources told The Athletic.
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Brad Townsend: League source’s texted reply when asked if Horford-Mavs reports are accurate: “Not really.” No elaboration or reply, as of yet, to follow-up. Interpret as you will.
Eric Woodyard: Donovan Mitchell to @usatodaysports on Mike Conley trade: “He’s a great player. He’s very underrated in my opinion. He does a lot of getting into the lane and being able to find guys and also I can learn a lot from him so as far as being a point guard.”
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Vivek Jacob: Nick Nurse on potential White House visit: “We’re here, let’s visit Trudeau. We’re Canada’s team.” Said that plans are already in the works for the visit to Parliament Hill. Haven’t heard from the White House.
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