Chandler Parsons’ injury-riddled career with the Dallas Mavericks has apparently come to an end.
It is highly unlikely that Parsons will play another game for the Mavericks, a source said Thursday night.
“He is not a priority of the Mavericks,’’ the source said.
With Parsons likely gone, the source said the Mavericks will meet with Charlotte Hornets small forward Nicolas Batum during free agency, which starts Thursday at 11:01 p.m. CDT.
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The Mavericks are heavy favorites to sign both center Hassan Whiteside and point guard Mike Conley this summer during free agency. And if the Mavericks are able to lock up both of those two players, they won’t have enough money under the salary cap to offer Parsons the maxed-out contract he desires.
Besides, the source said, while the Maverickss are busy meeting with Whiteside and Conley and their representatives, they expect Parsons to meet with other prospective suitors. The Mavericks expect one of those suitors to offer Parsons a maxed-out contract, and they expect the five-year veteran small forward will take that offer.
Parsons played just two seasons for the Mavericks and had right knee surgery in each year that ended his season prematurely. While Parsons was productive when he has healthy, Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said during his team’s first-round playoff series against Oklahoma City that he was concerned about Parsons’ health going forward.
Parsons averaged 13.7 points and 4.7 rebounds, and shot 49.2 percent from the field and 41.6 percent from 3-point range in 61 games this past season. And he averaged 15.7 points and 4.9 rebounds while shooting 46.2 percent from the floor and 38 percent from beyond the 3-point arc in 66 games during the 2014-’15 season.
However, Parsons underwent a hybrid microfracture surgery on May 1, 2015 to correct cartilage damage in his right knee and only played in one of the Mavericks’ five-game, first-round playoff loss to the Houston Rockets in 2015. And he missed all five games during the Mavericks’ first-round playoff loss to Oklahoma City in April after he underwent arthroscopic surgery to address an injury to his right medial meniscus on Mar. 25.