ESPN says it has a source saying Chandler Parsons’ knee surgery will likely be “season-ending.’’ The Associated Press says “a person with knowledge of the situation’’ indicates the Mavs forward "might not be finished for the season.’'
What in the name of HIPAA is going on here?
Let’s make some sense of some realities as they branch off the Mavs’ official announcement that 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.’'
*Parsons exited the third quarter of last Friday’s home loss to Golden State with what the team said was "right hamstring soreness.'' He then missed Sunday’s win over Portland.
*On Tuesday, ESPN’s Tim MacMahon reported that "sources'' told him "Parsons is likely to undergo season-ending surgery this week to address a torn meniscus in his right knee.'' MacMahon is a solid reporter with a good working relationship with Parsons. HIPAA regulations would not block Parsons from being the "sources'' on his own medical prospects.
*Shortly thereafter, based on the seemingly valid concept that Parsons is done for the season, DB.com’s Matthew Postins wrote about the viability of David Lee as a lineup replacement (with exclusive quotes on Lee’s thoughts on staying with the Mavs beyond this season).
*At Tuesday’s practice, Dirk Nowitzki and other Mavs spoke about the 2015-16 Parsons in a sort of past-tense manner. Dirk called the injury "crushing'' for Parsons. And Wes Matthews said, “You’re losing one of your better players to something so fluky like that, so we’re all feeling for him. We’re hurting for him. We know that it was big for him this season to be able to come back from the knee surgery (sustained a year ago, recently addressed by Parsons in the above video), and he was playing well. That’s potentially back-to-back playoff series (with him) not being a part of (them), but everybody’s got to step their game up. Everybody’s got to do a little bit more. And we still have a job to do.”
*On multiple occasions over the course of the day on 105.3 The Fan, I addressed the financial elephant in the room: Parsons injury and how its questions of seriousness muddy the future water. Parsons opting in with Dallas at $16 mil (something Dallas cannot escape, even if this knee injury is serious) could be in play. Parsons being healthy enough to go right back to being that $93.9-mil guy he was envisioned as being a week ago could be in play. Parsons being viewed differently by other teams, if not by Dallas, could be in play.
My understanding is that all involved have confidence that this surgery will not be a blockade to Parsons’ future with the Mavs. ... so, yeah, $93.9 million over four years is probably coming. But we’re careful to note that there could be a three-month rehab here, and that in pretty close to three months comes July 1, the start of free agency … and we can’t pretend all the answers are as clear as they were before Parsons sustained this reported torn meniscus.
*On Tuesday afternoon, the Associated Press, citing a "source'' -- presumably a different source that utilized by ESPN because the info is different -- reported that Parsons surgery is so minor that it might not be season-ending at all.
Muddy. It's gotten muddy.
*The 35-35 Mavericks play at the Trail Blazers on Wednesday night before forging on to Golden State, Sacramento and Denver. In his Tuesday meeting with the media, Mavs coach Rick Carlisle opted to focus on those tasks, essentially declining comment on Parsons’ knee but for a tiny hint at optimism.
“We’ve just got to make it work with the guys we have available,” Carlisle said. “Chandler’s out for now, and we’ve got 13 active guys (as Jeremy Evans is also out). And these are the guys we’re going to war with for the last 12 games.”
Coach Carlisle, HIPAA, at least, applauds you.