This morning, USA Basketball released the 30-man roster expected to vie for 12 spots heading into the 2016 Olympics. Chandler Parsons, who was a participant in Team USA's roster in 2014 and part of the minicamp this past summer despite his injury, did not make the final cut. Players from 18 different NBA teams are represented.
Breaking: @USABasketball Announces 30 Finalists For 2016 U.S. Olympic Men’s Team! #USABMNT pic.twitter.com/IX1TDwOH8E— NBA (@NBA) January 18, 2016
This comes as no surprise as Parsons is returning from a minor hybrid microfracture surgery on his right knee and is averaging 9.6 points and 3.7 rebounds per game. The Mavericks have played Parsons in 34 of 42 games to date, as he continues to work back into form and gain confidence in his knee.
Even if Parsons was 100 percent healthy, he would have been a very long shot to make the final 12 man roster. (He missed out on a very stripped down roster in Eurobasket play 2014, after all, and all the stars will be rejoining the team for the major stage of the Olympics.) However, Parsons is widely regarded as one of the league's best recruiters and it's unfortunate that he won't have the opportunity to spend time with the league's best players and possibly sell them on the Dallas Mavericks.