After the Houston Rockets agreed to terms with small forward Trevor Ariza on a deal that will pay the former Washington Wizard $32 million over four years on Saturday, many wondered what that meant for the fate of Chandler Parsons.
Parsons, the Rockets starting small forward last season, signed an offer sheet worth $46 million over three years with the Dallas Mavericks. With Ariza in the fold, would Houston actually still match the Mavs’ offer for Parsons and hold onto two top small forwards?
The answer to that question is “yes,” according to Eddie Sefko of the Dallas News.
Word is that Mavericks still expect Rockets to match Parsons offer, despite Ariza news.
— Eddie Sefko (@ESefko) July 12, 2014
It would certainly be interesting for the Rockets to keep Parsons and sign Ariza, as it means one of them would likely have to come off the bench and work as a sixth man. Houston could play small-ball and start one of Parsons or Ariza at power forward, but, based on size alone, neither could realistically play at the 4 full time.
If Houston matches on Parson, it would suggest their approach is to simply stock up on as much talent as they possibly can and figure out the particulars of their rotation later.
Ariza averaged 14.4 points (45.6 percent shooting from the floor and 40.7 percent shooting from beyond the arc), 6.2 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game last season with Washington.
Parsons averaged 16.6 points (47.2 percent shooting from the field and 37.0 percent shooting from three), 5.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game last season with Houston.
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