Dallas Mavericks forward Chandler Parsons hopes to return to the court on Sunday against the Los Angeles Lakers after having microfracture knee surgery in May, Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports reports.
The injury caused Parsons to miss 13 of the Mavericks final 25 games last season. He has not played since Game 1 of the Mavericks’ first playoff series against the Houston Rockets, missing all of training camp as well as the first two games of the 2015–16 season.
Parsons said after the Mavericks’ season-opener on Wednesday that he felt he was close to being cleared to play. He hopes to play Sunday in Dallas’ third game of the season, though if he is not cleared for that game he could make his debut on Tuesday against the Toronto Raptors at home.
“I want to be out there as soon as possible,” Parsons said Wednesday.
Parsons signed a three-year, $46 million contract with the Mavericks before last season after spending three seasons with the Rockets. He averaged 15.7 points and 4.9 rebounds in his first season with Dallas.
- Erin Flynn