Milwaukee Bucks Opposition Intel: Dallas Mavericks Q&A With Jay Knodell

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Dec 18, 2015; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Mavericks forward Chandler Parsons (25) dribbles as Memphis Grizzlies forward

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(8) defends during the first half at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

AM: I know his minutes are down and he’s had injury issues, but Chandler Parsons isn’t performing anywhere near the level we all know he can. Is that concerning considering his salary?

JK: I think most people expected a rocky road to recovery for Parsons. His offseason knee surgery was shrouded in secrecy, which is never a good sign, but after a poor start Parsons looks to be improving. He’s averaged 12.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 4.4 assists while shooting 49% from the field and 35.3% from distance in his last five games. And he was great against Chicago in Dallas’ most recent outing, scoring 20 points while grabbing five boards and dishing out five helpers.

Parsons has said his season really begins in January, and his recent play heading in to the new year has been encouraging. There will likely be some ups and downs for him even in to the spring, but the concerns about his health and future have been alleviated some. Remember, though he makes a nice chunk of change, Parsons has a lot riding on these next few months. He can opt out of the final year of his deal this summer when the salary cap makes a significant jump, and he’ll be looking to cash in.

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