Chandler Parsons tried to go in the playoffs, he went out there in Game 1 against Houston, but he couldn’t do it. He didn’t play the rest of the series because of his knee injury, which ultimately required surgery.
There were rumors that would be microfracture surgery — and it turns out it was. Sort of. Tim MacMahon of ESPN has the story.
The procedure that Dallas Mavericks forward Chandler Parsons had on his right knee on May 1 was a “minor hybrid” microfracture operation, according to sources….
The Mavs and Parsons have been vague about the details of the operation, which was announced simply as an “arthroscopic surgery to address a cartilage injury in his right knee.”
Sources told ESPN.com that the operation, which was performed by team physician T.O. Souryal, included a bone marrow transplant from Parsons’ right hip to help regenerate the cartilage damage from late last season that caused him to miss all but one game of the playoffs.
Here’s what matters for Dallas: Parsons has not yet been cleared for full basketball activities. If this surgery has the timeline usually seen with microfracture, he likely would miss the start of the season. However, Parsons has repeatedly said he hopes to be ready when the season tips off.
The concern for Dallas has to be that if Parsons and Wesley Johnson — just coming off Achilles surgery — are not right to start the season, the team could get off to a slow start. In a deep and crowded Western Conference, that makes it much harder to get into the playoffs.