The Dallas Mavericks signed away Chandler Parsons from their in-state rivals, the Houston Rockets. The Rockets, like the Mavericks, went after the “big fish” free agents trying to sign Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James and Chris Bosh.
That didn’t rub Parsons the right way, in fact it offended the man who helped recruit Dwight Howard to the Rockets.
“Honestly, I was offended by the whole process,” Parsons told Yahoo Sports on Monday. “They publicly said that they were going out looking for a third star when I thought they had one right in front of them. I guess that’s just how they viewed me as a player. I don’t think I’ve scratched the surface of where I can be as a player and I think I’m ready for that role.
“You can’t knock them for always trying to get better. [Houston general manager] Daryl Morey is very aggressive, is a genius, a great GM and I have nothing but respect for those guys. And they are looking to make their team better. That’s what they were doing. I just thought I could be that guy that could do that.”
The Rockets and Mavericks front offices haven been dueling for a while, and signing a player especially motivated to play well against the Rockets is a bonus.
Parsons is happy to be in Dallas.
“Dallas is the perfect match to where I am in my career,” Parsons said. “It’s where I can take that next step. They have a great organization. Mark [Cuban] is the best owner in all of sports. I get a chance to play with Dirk for however much longer he has. It will be unbelievable to learn and grown from him and the guys they have.
“We got a chance to win. Coach [Rick] Carlisle is the best coach in the NBA. It’s the perfect situation for me. I’m ready for more leadership. I’m ready for a bigger role. They came at me with a high max offer and viewed me as a franchise player. That’s what I wanted.”