The Dallas Mavericks are currently battling to make the NBA playoffs out of the Western Conference, sitting in the eighth and final seed as they try to hold off the Utah Jazz in 9th.
With a 35-35 record, and the Jazz just one game behind them, the Mavericks will be fighting hard until the end of the campaign to make sure they reach the postseason and give themselves a chance of making what could be one last run for Dirk Nowitzki before he rides off into the sunset.
Things just got a lot harder in that regard, however, with the news that Chandler Parsons could be set to miss the rest of the season thanks to an injury.
According to a report from Tim MacMahon of ESPN, Parsons has apparently suffered a torn meniscus in his right knee. The injury is apparently severe enough to require surgery that would keep him out for the rest of the year.
Before going under the knife, Parsons is apparently going to get an opinion from another specialist before making his final decision.
This is the same knee ended Parsons' season last year, when he had to have an operation on a damaged cartilage, although this is injury is seaid to be nowhere near the scale of that one.
"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," MacMahon wrote in the piece.
Parsons had been playing very well over the past few months, averaging 18.9 points, 5.9 rebounds and 3.2 assists, shooting .519 from the field and .477 from 3-point range in his last 27 appearances for the Texas franchise.
Back in 2014, the Mavs signed the forward to a three year, $46 million deal. Even with what is now two consecutive seasons disrupted by injury, it is still believed that the 27-year-old will turn down his third-year player option on the deal in order to head free agency, with the allure of the increased salary cap being so much that even an injured player can turn down $16million next year in order for something potentially greater.