Over this past summer, Chandler Parsons made the decision to opt out of his contract with the Dallas Mavericks and sign a max deal with the Memphis Grizzlies. It was a move that has caught plenty of heat from the Mavericks fanbase. In a recent interview with ESPN’s Tim MacMahon, Parson voiced his frustrations with the situation.
Dallas, I don’t understand. It’s like getting mad at somebody for getting in a car wreck and breaking their arm. Like, how in the world can you be mad at somebody for getting hurt? It makes no sense. That’s just so wrong to get mad at somebody for getting hurt, like they want to go through the rehab, want to go through the pain, want to go through the misery of not playing. I can never understand that aspect of it. So when it comes to Dallas, you’re going to get mad at me because Dirk decided to take less money to bring in a really good player and then unfortunately he gets hurt? That’s why you’re mad? Sure, boo.
What Parsons is referencing is the knee injury that prematurely ended the 2015-16 season for him in mid-March. However, he took a huge risk by turning down $16 million in hopes of getting a lucrative contract after coming off an injury-ridden campaign. It’s something that could have easily backfired on him and received a contract worth far less than what he had with the Mavericks.
The bitterness seems to come from the fact that he had stated during his exit interview that was going to come back the following season. Obviously, this is going to take some time for this hatred toward him to wear down. Until then, Parsons is going to have to live with the fact that is going to be the case for quite away, and even more so now with these comments.