Report: Chandler Parsons to make debut with Memphis Sunday vs. Portland


Memphis paid $94 million to have Chandler Parsons provide another shot creator on the perimeter, and knock down threes — the things they have needed desperately the past couple of years.

That era should begin Sunday.

The Grizzlies had brought Parsons along slowly following his off-season knee surgery, but he is set to play Sunday against Portland reports Tim MacMahon of ESPN.

The Grizzlies are bumping Chandler Parsons’ Memphis debut up to Sunday. “Felt great in workout [Friday]. I’m ready to rock,” Parsons told ESPN in a text message. “No reason to wait.”

Memphis needs him, they are 27th in the NBA in offense so far this season. On the bright side, the Grizzlies are taking 26.2 threes a game (31 percent of their shot attempts), and they are knocking down a respectable 35.7 percent of those. However, they are shooting just 41.2 percent inside the arc leading to a league-low shooting percentage overall of 40.1 percent (they are 26th in team true shooting percentage, which counts threes and free throws).

Parsons will likely have a minutes restriction and be eased in, but just having the threat of his scoring back on the court will help Memphis.