was medically cleared to return to the ‘ lineup on Dec. 21 but has instead been listed as a healthy-inactive in the subsequent games.
It wasSunday that Parsons is taking an indefinite leave from the Grizzlies while his agent works with the team’s front office on a resolution for the 30-year-old’s future.
“I am extremely disappointed that I didn’t get to finish this season alongside my teammates and the Memphis coaching staff,” Parsons told. “Unfortunately that option wasn’t presented to me.
“The Grizzlies training staff medically cleared me to play five-on-five 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.”
Parsons was named the Grizzlies’ starting forward in training camp but suffered a knee injury just three games into the year, which forced him to miss the following 28 contests before he was cleared to return.
Memphis offered Parsons an opportunity with its G League affiliate but wouldn’t assure him a spot on the active roster.
Parsons has appeared in 73 games since joining the Grizzlies in 2016 and is still owed approximately $38 million through next season.
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