Worst free agency signings in NBA history: 3. Chandler Parsons, Memphis Grizzlies
Chandler Parsons is making a nice sum from the Memphis Grizzlies. The only problem with it is he’s appeared 95 total games since signing with the team back in 2016.
Parsons made quite the name for himself in seasons prior with the Dallas Mavericks, averaging 14.8 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game, while shooting 39.5 percent from behind the arc and 47.5 percent from the field as a member of the Mavericks.
He proved to be a solid player in the rotation, appearing in 127 games, 117 of them starts, as one of the Mavericks scoring options on the wing. During the 2016 NBA offseason, he signed a four-year deal with the Grizzlies worth $94.5 million, despite missing the end of the 2015-16 NBA season due to a torn meniscus in his right knee.
Since then, Parsons has had a hard time finding his bearings. He appeared in just 34 games during the 2016-17 NBA season with Memphis, averaging single-digits in points per game for the first time since his rookie season at 6.7 points per contest.
In 2017-18, he managed to score a personal-best 24 points with the Grizzlies, but knee soreness would keep him out for an extended amount of time once again. Last season, he appeared in 25 contests, returning to the rotation on Feb. 22 while still battling knee soreness.
Now, he’s on the back-end of his deal. He will come to the end of his contract after the end of the 2019-20 NBA season. It will be interesting to see where his career goes from here after the year.