At only 33-years-old, Chandler Parsons has decided to call it a career after playing nine seasons in the NBA for the Rockets, Mavericks, Grizzlies, and Hawks. Parsons officially announced his retirement on Tuesday in an Instagram post.
Parsons confirmed The Athletic’s Shams Charania’s report that he was retiring after settling a lawsuit from career-ending injuries caused by a January 2020 car accident, per his Instagram.
Nine-year NBA veteran Chandler Parsons has retired from basketball and his lawsuit from career-ending injuries via car accident in January 2020 has been settled for a substantial amount.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) January 18, 2022
Parsons was reportedly on his way from practice mid-afternoon on Jan. 15 when he was hit by a drunk driver, causing a three-car crash that eventful day. According to his lawyers, Parsons suffered a concussion, disc herniation, and a torn labrum, permanent injuries from the car accident that forced his career to come to an abrupt end on Tuesday.
Parsons averaged 12.7 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 2.7 assists in his nine-year career. He averaged a career-high 16.6 points per game in 2013-14 during his third season with the Rockets. His accolades include being named to the All-Rookie second team in 2012, being selected as the SEC Player of the Year, honorable mention All-American, and First-Team All-SEC selection in 2011 out of the University of Florida.