As the Memphis Grizzlies continue to struggle, the idea of trading away either Marc Gasol or Mike Conley is becoming a more realistic option. However, if Memphis does pursue a deal that would ship out one of their star players, they would like to shed some salary as well.
According to Marc Stein of the New York Times, any team interested in making a move for Marc Gasol or Mike Conley would also have to be willing to take Chandler Parsons and his contract in the trade.
Chandler Parsons signed a 4-year, $94 million deal with the Grizzlies back in the salary cap swelling summer of 2016. He has only played a total of 73 regular season games for Memphis despite being in his third season with the team.
Health concerns throughout the last few seasons have kept him sidelined, but Parsons is now healthy and ready to play. Following a disagreement about how he should return to action– specifically regarding a possible stint in the G League prior to a return to the Grizzlies — led to Parsons and Memphis agreeing to part ways on Jan. 6.