The Dallas Mavericks had hoped they’d be able to lure Carmelo Anthony to Big D this offseason, but it didn’t work out. Regardless, I’m pretty sure Mark Cuban and company are more than happy with their consolation prize in Chandler Parsons.
The small forward is officially a member of the Dallas Mavericks after the Houston Rockets declined to match the offer sheet on Sunday night. But why did the Houston Rockets make such a decision? Well, according to general manager Daryl Morey, it’s because Chandler Parsons’ new contract with the Mavericks is one of the most ‘untradeable’ he’s ever seen.
“The Mavericks are a smart organization,” Morey said on SportsTalk 790 AM in Houston (transcribed by ESPN). “They obviously wanted to get him. That structure of that [contract] is literally one of the most untradeable structures that I’ve ever seen. That’s why it came down to a bet of Harden, Howard and Parsons being the final piece, because we would have had no ability to do anything after that.”
In addition to the hefty sum of money, the contract reportedly includes a 15-percent trade kicker along with a third-year player option. Combine all the factors and you see why Morey feels that way considering you’d never get fair value out of trading Parsons.
Of course, the Dallas Mavericks didn’t acquire Chandler Parsons to trade him, unlike the Houston Rockets who likely looked at him as more of a trade chip as they look to acquire Rajon Rondo or Kevin Love.
Certainly a smart move on behalf of the Mavericks who seemingly did all they could to prevent the Rockets from matching.