Chandler Parsons active, expected to play limited minutes Sunday

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LOS ANGELES — Chandler Parsons is listed as active and is expected to make his season debut Sunday night against the Lakers at Staples Center.

“If he plays it will be limited,” Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said pregame, being coy with the media as coaches like to do. “Limited to the first half. This is the beginning of a process.”

Parsons is a versatile small forward who is central to what the Mavericks want to do, but his season was cut short last year by a knee surgery, and he is just now ready to take the court again. Parsons can shoot the three, has a great shot fake, can put the ball on the floor, and is a solid wing defender. If the Mavs are going to get into playoff contention they need him.

Deron Williams, who suffered a mild knee sprain last game, started for the Mavericks.