Dec 8, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets small forward Chandler Parsons (25) brings the ball up the court during the second quarter against the Orlando Magic at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Chandler Parsons added to Team USA

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It has been quite the offseason (specifically this week) for Chandler Parsons.

As the offseason began, the Houston Rockets declined their option on Parsons. Many were surprised by the move because Parsons was due less than a million dollars, but the Rockets had plans to let Parsons test the market and sign an offer sheet with a team because the declination made him a restricted free agent.

When the rival Dallas Mavericks inked Parsons to an offer sheet, the Rockets scrambled to get a deal done with Miami Heat free agent big man Chris Bosh. The Rockets then planned to go over the cap to match the offer for Parsons. Bosh instead signed a five-year, $118 million deal with the Heat. The Rockets soon struck a four-year, $32 million deal with Washington Wizards’ swingman Trevor Ariza and then surprisingly did not match the offer sheet for Parsons, making him a member of the Mavericks.

Then, Parsons learned the Mavericks weren’t the only prestigious team he’d be joining – he was picked to attend training camp with the USA basketball team.

According to Marc Stein of, USA Basketball confirmed the addition of Parsons along with Toronto Raptors’ guard DeMar DeRozan.

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 last season. DeRozan put up 22.7 points, 4.3 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.1 steals per game while shooting 42.9% from the floor, 30.5% from three and 82.4% from the free throw line.

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