From NBA.com staff reports
The Dallas Mavericks are in the thick of a wild chase to lock up a playoff berth. They are the No. 7 seed in the Western Conference this morning, yet the Utah Jazz, Houston Rockets and Portland Trail Blazers are all in the midst of that chase with the Mavericks, too.
If the Mavs are to make the playoffs, though, it looks like they might be doing so without one of their key players contributing to that run. According to Tim MacMahon of ESPN.com, forward Chandler Parsons is likely to have season-ending surgery on his right knee:
Dallas Mavericks forward Chandler Parsons is likely to undergo season-ending surgery this week to address a torn meniscus in his right knee, sources told ESPN.com.
Parsons, who sources say will receive a second opinion before scheduling an operation, is expected to be fully recovered in time to resume his regular offseason basketball workout routine.
This would be the second consecutive season that Parsons’ season ends prematurely due to surgery on his right knee. However, sources said this injury is not nearly as severe as the cartilage damage he suffered last season that was repaired with a hybrid microfracture procedure on May 1.
The Mavs announced a sore right hamstring as the reason for Parsons leaving Friday’s loss to the Golden State Warriors in the third quarter. An MRI on Monday revealed that the pain in Parsons’ lower right hamstring was being caused by the torn meniscus, sources said.
Dr. Daniel Worrell, who recently replaced Dr. T.O. Souryal as the Mavs’ team physician, gave Parsons the initial diagnosis of a torn meniscus that requires arthroscopic surgery. Parsons plans to get a second opinion from Dr. Neal ElAttrache, a renowned sports medicine surgeon based in Los Angeles who has performed meniscus operations on several prominent NBA players.
Sources described Parsons as distraught Monday because he was so determined to help the Mavs return to the playoffs after being limited to only one game in last season’s first-round loss to the Houston Rockets, his former team.
Sources said Parsons is still likely to exercise his right this summer to opt out of the final season of his three-year, $46 million deal. He is expected to receive maximum-contract offers in free agency, with sources considering the Mavs the frontrunners to keep him.
On Tuesday afternoon, the Mavericks said in a statement that Parsons would miss the team’s upcoming road trip.
The Dallas Mavericks announced today that forward Chandler Parsons will not travel with the team on the upcoming road trip due to a right knee injury. Treatment options are currently being explored.