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Chandler Parsons Rumors: Hawks Discussed Trade, Talks Haven't Built Traction

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistJanuary 23, 2019

MEMPHIS, TN - OCTOBER 12: Chandler Parsons #25 of the Memphis Grizzlies smiles against the Houston Rockets  during a pre-season game on October 12, 2018 at FedExForum in Memphis, Tennessee. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)
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The Memphis Grizzlies have reportedly spoken with the Atlanta Hawks regarding a trade involving small forward Chandler Parsons.

According to Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium, the two sides haven't yet gained the "necessary traction" to get a deal done.

Parsons hasn't appeared in a game for the Grizzlies since Oct. 22 despite having been cleared to return to basketball activities since Dec. 21.

Memphis signed Parsons to a four-year, $94.5 million deal in 2016, but the move has not paid dividends.

The 30-year-old Parsons was limited to just 70 games combined in his first two seasons with the Grizzlies, and he has appeared in only three games this season.

During his time in Memphis, Parsons has averaged 7.0 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game.

Parsons averaged better than 14 points per game during his previous stints with both the Houston Rockets and Dallas Mavericks.

While Parsons has just one year remaining on his contract beyond 2018-19, it is difficult to figure why the Hawks would want to acquire him.

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Atlanta is rebuilding, and Parsons isn't particularly young.

Also, the Hawks don't have much in terms of big, long-term contracts, so they can't dump an albatross of a deal on the Grizzlies, either.

Parsons may still have some value in the NBA as a role player, but at his current price tag, it is difficult to envision a team willingly taking him off Memphis' hands.

Regardless of that, Parsons' time in Memphis seems to effectively be over since he can't crack the rotation of a team that has dropped to 14th place in the Western Conference at 19-28.

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