Chandler Parsons is the Hawks new addition that nobody is talking about. Parsons was traded from the Memphis Grizzlies for Solomon Hill and Miles Plumlee, which freed a roster spot for the Hawks.
Unfortunately, this trade probably had nothing to do with what Parsons brings on the court, but it’s what he’s been associated with for years: his dreadful contract. In 2016, he signed a $94 Million contract with the Memphis Grizzlies.
Around that time it was one of the biggest contracts signed in the offseason, and also one the most questionable contracts. The “Three and D” players were getting paid loads of money in 2016, but it was up to Parsons to live up to the hype.
Fast forward three years later and we’re talking about Parsons being one of the most overpaid players in the NBA. Not only did his stats take a big dip in Memphis, but he hadn’t played more than 35 games in each of those three seasons.
It was knee injury after knee injury, and he was never able to truly reach his max potential. The Grizzlies had been trying to trade Parsons and his contract but couldn’t find a suitor that was willing to take him and his nagging injuries on their team. Luckily, the Hawks have been a team to take on bad contracts for future draft picks.
A fresh start
For Parsons, it’s no longer about trying to live up to his contract anymore, but to be a serviceable player coming off the bench. This is where Hawks could be the perfect fit for him. In Memphis, he was supposed to lead the charge with Mike Conley and Marc Gasol.
On the Hawks, he just has to give them 15 good minutes off the bench. The second unit is also loaded with versatile players like DeAndre’ Bembry, Jabari Parker, and Cam Reddish, so he won’t have to do a lot of scoring. He will have to shoot a lot of three’s, and when healthy Parsons has shown he can knock it down.
The real question is where he will fit in the rotation. The Hawks currently are stacked with wing players, and they just resigned Vince Carter. Of course, the young players will come first when it comes to minutes, and then you have the older players. Players like Allen Crabbe, Parsons, and Carter will have to fight for their minutes.
Carter already said that he would want to have a decent amount of playing time in his last season. Offensively, Parsons and Crabbe offer what the Hawks need in wing players, so the training camp battle may just be between those two.
This will also be the year that Parsons may want to play at his best, giving that this is the last year on his contract. If he can stay healthy throughout the season and show that he can still produce, a team may look for his services in the future.
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