The Dallas Mavericks hoped to land New York Knicks’ free agent forward Carmelo Anthony but now that their pursuit of Anthony seems to be a lost cause, they are chasing two unrestricted free agents, Trevor Ariza of the Washington Wizards and Luol Deng of the Cleveland Cavaliers, and a pair of restricted free agents, Chandler Parsons of the Houston Rockets and Gordon Hayward of the Utah Jazz.
On Monday, it was reported the Mavericks were “pushing an offer sheet” on Parsons and according Tim McMahon of ESPN Dallas, the Mavericks are “will seriously consider” signing Parsons to a huge offer sheet.
Ariza, 29, is asking for a four-year contract with a starting salary in in the $9-11 million range. That’s less than what Luol Deng wants – and one source expects Deng to get the deal he’s seeking from the Atlanta Hawks. It’s probably less than what it would take to get restricted free agents Chandler Parsons or Gordon Hayward, given their current teams’ right to match any offer.
The Mavs will seriously consider calling the Houston Rockets’ bluff on the 6-foot-9 Parsons, a versatile offensive threat who averaged 16.6 points, 5.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists as a 25-year-old last season. If the Rockets succeed in their attempt to poach Chris Bosh from the Miami Heat, maybe the threat of entering luxury-tax territory would prompt Houston to shy away from matching a large offer sheet to Parsons. Or the Rockets might have to renounce Parsons’ rights to make room for a max Bosh offer, making the small forward an unrestricted free agent.
The Rockets, however, are expected to match any offer sheet Parsons signs. Of course with their recent interest in Miami Heat big man Chris Bosh and their realistic potential to land the Texas native if Heat forward LeBron James decides to sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers (or any other team that isn’t the Heat), they may be willing to part ways with Parsons.
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 line this season.