Mavs Chandler Parsons To Team USA

DALLAS - It seems like just a moment ago we were enduring reports of some sort of knee injury that was to be ruinous to the career of Dallas Mavericks forward Chandler Parsons. But now? Team USA, baby!

Coming off of a season-ending knee injury that left many Dallas Mavericks fans wondering whether or not Chandler Parsons would be ready for the beginning of the 2015-2016 campaign, Parsons may have put some of those concerns rest, as he plans to attend Team U.S.A’s Men’s National Team’s mini camp in Las Vegas from August 11-13.

Parsons (15.7 points and 4.9 boards per game during the 2014-15 season) is coming off of his first season with the Mavs, and will likely face stiff completion from forwards such as Paul George, Rudy Gay, and Gordon Hayward for a spot on the roster in future competitions, will not have to worry about that this summer, as this mini camp is more focused on team building than actual preparation.

“With this being a summer where we do not have an official competition that we need to prepare for, this year’s minicamp is an opportunity to continue and expand the brotherhood and camaraderie that has been built,” Jerry Colangelo said of the impending mini camp. “It will be a celebration of all that we’ve accomplished with USA Basketball since the National Team program was formed in 2006 while also looking ahead to 2016.”

That might be a perfect fit for where CP is now. Parsons hasn't played since Game 1 of the first round of the playoffs last season and then was shut down after that, with the surgery being performed on May 1st. The smart money says Parsons will be more a part of the "camaraderie'' here than he will be doing any on-court work.

But eventually?

Parsons would provide reliable outside shooting on the wing for a Team U.S.A squad that needs players like Parsons to participate when players like Kevin Durant and James Harden decide to take a break from international play. With so much talent at Colangelo’s disposal, Parsons will have to really impress to earn playing time in future international competitions. ... but for Mavs fans, that's not at all the point right now.

The point is the possibility that Chandler Parsons is returning to health ... and may be close to showing it off.

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