Dec 8, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets small forward Chandler Parsons (25) drives the ball during the first quarter as Orlando Magic shooting guard Victor Oladipo (5) defends at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Orlando Magic to pursue Chandler Parsons?


The Houston Rockets are expected to pursue New York Knicks’ forward Carmelo Anthony in the offseason.

To do, they will have to unload both center Omer Asik and point guard Jeremy Lin and likely would not be able to afford to match offers for current starting small forward Chandler Parsons.

Brian Schmitz of The Orlando Sentinel suggests the Magic make a run at Parsons in the offseason, citing the fact the Parsons attended nearby Lake Howell High School, played college basketball for the Florida Gators and notes the Rockets’ probable cap situation.

The Magic currently have Maurice Harkless at the three and play Tobias Harris at both the three and the four, but adding talented, young players never hurt.

Parsons has gone the record telling reporters the Magic have been his favorite team as long as he can remember so he would likely love to return home (although if he has the chance the stay with the Rockets, it may be hard to pass up playing for a talented team like that).

Parsons averaged 16.6 points, 5.5 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.2 steals per game this season.

The Rockets have a team option worth  $964,750 on Parsons for the 2014-15 season.

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