Apr 26, 2014; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Mavericks forward Shawn Marion (0) reacts during the game against the San Antonio Spurs in game three of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Center. Dallas won 109-108. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Monta Ellis compares Chandler Parsons to Shawn Marion

The Dallas Mavericks weren’t able to get the “big fish” free agent they were looking for, but they did land Houston Rockets small forward Chandler Parsons. Not only did they pry away a young talent from their in-state rivals, but Parsons is drawing comparisons to a player he might end up replacing on the Mavericks roster.

“Shawn Marion, but younger,” Ellis told 105.3 The Fan on Monday, via ESPN Dallas

“He can knock down shots and bring that young energy and talent to the team,” Ellis said. “Like I said, me attacking and those guys spacing and Tyson rolling, I think it’s going to help me a whole lot because defenses respect them and have to react.”

Ideally the Mavericks would like to have Marion back, but he isn’t too fond of coming off the bench and wants to start. Meanwhile, Ellis thinks Parsons is a great addition to the Mavericks and owner Mark Cuban thinks Parsons can help take some of the burden of minutes of the veterans on the team.

“I think it’s a great addition to the team,” Ellis said. “I think we did a wonderful job on getting the right group of guys and the right team to try to get farther than we did last year. Tyson Chandler, Raymond Felton, and then getting [Chandler] Parsons was an A-plus for us.

“I’m looking forward to the season. He’s a great player, and I think he’s going to be a great asset to the team.”

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