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Chandler Parsons could undergo microfracture surgery, per report

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Chandler Parsons' knee may be worse than expected.

Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

When Chandler Parsons tweaked his knee on March 29 against the Pacers, it was considered only a nuisance. Parsons went on to score 27 that evening and 22 points against the Thunder in the following game. However, Parsons aggravated the injury on April 2 against the Rockets and missed the remaining six games in the regular season. In Game 1, Parsons squeezed out a tough 37 minutes, but it was clear his knee wasn't right. He was ruled out for the remainder of the playoffs with the diagnosis of his knee injury remaining cloudy. That picture has become a bit clearer.

ESPN Dallas' Tim MacMahon is reporting that micro fracture surgery could be in the works for Parsons this offseason.

Dallas Mavericks small forward Chandler Parsons might need microfracture surgery on his right knee, sources told ESPNDallas.com, although there remains a possibility that the cartilage damage could be repaired with arthroscopic surgery.

If microfracture surgery is necessary, Parsons could be sidelined to begin next season.

Microfracture surgery has changed the career arc of many prominent NBA players. If Parsons does need the surgery, he could look to Amar'e Stoudemire for advice on how to bounce back from the surgery. Stoudemire missed the entire 05-06 season after having the surgery, but he still managed to make five all star teams afterwards.