Apr 17, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Houston Rockets forward Chandler Parsons (25) celebrates after making a 3-point basket at the end of regulation to send the game against the Los Angeles Lakers into overtime at the Staples Center. The Lakers defeated the Rockets 99-95 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Chandler Parsons rumors: Los Angeles Lakers in pursuit?

Although many expected the Los Angeles Lakers to perhaps take a back seat in the 2014 offseason, they have high hopes for the summer.

The Lakers are one of several teams who believe they have a chance to convince Miami Heat forward LeBron James and New York Knicks’ forward Carmelo Anthony to team up and join their squad. The Lakers have the allure of playing in Los Angeles for one of the the all-time greatest franchises in sports history and the chance to team up with another Hall-of-Famer, legendary guard Kobe Bryant.

Of course, James is still expected to re-sign with the Heat and many believe the Knicks are the favorites to retain Anthony with the Chicago Bulls right behind. That could cause the Lakers to pursue other options. They have been tied to free agents a tier below James and Anthony like Indiana Pacers’ guard and Detroit Pistons’ big man Greg Monroe. They could also make a move for Toronto Raptors’ point guard Kyle Lowry and Phoenix Suns’ guard Eric Bledsoe.

David Aldridge of NBA.com suggests they make a play for Houston Rockets’ restricted free agent Chandler Parsons.

For the sake of argument, let’s say L.A. uses just five minimum holds, with the intent of filling the remaining two roster spots with new free agents. The five holds would run about $2.5 million total, bringing the team’s salary near $40 million — enough for one max deal, but not more. The Lakers would almost certainly have to convince ‘Melo to take less than the max in order to make a realistic offer to Parsons.

Parsons has been incredible in Houston since being taken 38th overall in the 2011 Draft. Last season, he was 13th in PER among small forwards and his True Shooting Percentage was better than that of All-Stars like Anthony and Paul George. Playing off of Randle (or Pau Gasol, if the Lakers can re-sign him), or Anthony and Kobe Bryant, Parsons would be equally lethal.

Parsons averaged 16.6 points, 5.5 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.2 steals per game while shooting 47.2% from the field, 37.0% from beyond the arc and 74.2% from the free throw this season.

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  • Matt Williams


    • http://WWW.LakersNation.com Kïd Špłãšh

      Lol, why not, if we can’t get Melo or Ariza, then go after Parsons.

      • Matt Williams

        What about Luol Deng?

  • http://WWW.LakersNation.com Kïd Špłãšh

    Lol, why not? I agree if we can’t get Anthony or Ariza then go after Parsons though

  • David Gonzales

    Chandler Parsons is the truth. If someone is saying no don’t get him they obviously don’t see the value he brings. 6’10″ SF that can play D, shoots lights out, and unselfish passing the rock. Did I mention he is only 25 years old? The upside is there and he’s improving every year the numbers don’t lie.