While one heads into a summer of rehabilitation after offseason surgery and the other gets set to enter free agency on July 1, both the 26-year-old Chandler Parsons and the 24-year-old Al-Farouq Aminu could play vital roles for the Dallas Mavericks for seasons to come.
Battling nagging injuries during the 2014-15 campaign, Parsons showed glimpses of great things to come after signing with the Mavericks last summer in free agency. The versatile forward, who spent his first three seasons in the NBA with the rival Houston Rockets before signing a reported three-year deal worth $46 million to come to Dallas, started all 66 of his appearances for the Mavs this season, averaging 15.7 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 33.1 minutes per game. Parsons then saw his season come to an abrupt end, scoring just 10 points on 5-of-15 shooting in Game 1 of the Mavericks’ first-round playoff exit against his former team before being ruled out the rest of the series due to a right knee injury.
And after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his aching knee on May 1, Parsons now hopes to come back stronger while vowing to assume a larger role after getting his feet wet in his first season with the Mavs.
Meanwhile, the Mavs’ front office also heads into the summer with a goal of re-inking Aminu, who came on strong in relief of the injured Parsons during the playoffs.