It looks like Chandler Parsons could be a legitimate option for the Los Angeles Lakers during free agency.
Parsons will become a free agent when the clock strikes twelve in New York City, and it looks as if a return to the Dallas Mavericks is off the cards.
Instead, Parsons is said to be “eyeing” the Lakers, along with the Portland Trail Blazers, Orlando Magic and Memphis Grizzlies.
Source on possibility of Chandler Parsons returning to Dallas: "No chance."
— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) June 30, 2016
Chandler Parsons is eyeing Lakers, Blazers, Grizz and Magic, per league source, and aiming for close to max money. Not going back to DAL.
— Howard Beck (@HowardBeck) July 1, 2016
Parsons has struggled with knee issues in recent years, though the 27-year-old is said to have been cleared by doctors who see no reason why he can’t continue to be an effective NBA player, according to Tim MacMahon from ESPN:
Sources say multiple renowned orthopedic specialists have given Parsons clearance to resume full basketball activities and expressed optimism that his knee would not prevent him from having a long, productive NBA career.
Parsons’ career averages are 14.3 points, 5.1 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.0 steal in 33.3 minutes per game, though the ESPN piece shared some statistics that show he had a solid end to the 2015-16 season:
He had the best statistical stretch of his five-year career in the two months before his season ended, averaging 18.9 points, 5.9 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game while shooting 51.9 percent from the floor and 47.7 percent from 3-point range and proving he could thrive at power forward in addition to small forward.
The maximum the Lakers can offer Parsons is a four-year deal worth $94.8 million.