After sitting on the sidelines and taking in some Summer League action, Chandler Parsons will be returning to Las Vegas. He will take part in Team USA's minicamp along with 33 other NBA players. The camp takes place August 11-13, concluding with a Blue and White exhibition game that will be played at the Thomas and Mack Center on the campus of UNLV.
Parsons hasn't played since Game 1 of the first round of the playoffs last season. He was held out for the remainder of the Mavericks' series against the Houston Rockets after a lingering knee injury prevented him from playing. He had surgery on the knee May 1st but he and the team have been mum about it ever since. The team only disclosed that Parsons underwent arthroscopic surgery and did not release a timetable for his recovery.
The organization's silence, mixed with comments Parsons made at an NBA Cares event this summer, fueled speculation that he may not be ready to play once the 2015-16 season gets underway. However, not everyone took such a skeptical outlook on his recovery with reports suggesting that he will be ready to go once the season starts.
Mavs fans, and the organization, will still have to wait to see Parsons play, though. According to ESPN's Marc Stein, Parsons will not participate in on-court work. While his activities with Team USA may be limited, things might be a little awkward in Las Vegas. DeAndre Jordan will also attend the minicamp. After Parsons essentially called Jordan a coward, their relationship could be understandably icy.
*An earlier version of this post incorrectly stated that Parsons would participate in on-court activities.