The Dallas Mavericks weren’t able to get the “big fish” free agent they were looking for at the start of free agency, but they did walk away with a young superstar in the making in Chandler Parsons. As excited as the Mavericks are to have Parsons, he is equally excited for the opportunity and thinks the pairing is somewhat of a perfect fit.
“A bigger role and more leadership in Dallas is really what I wanted and what I felt was best for me at this point in my career,” Parsons said Tuesday evening on a conference call, via ESPN Dallas’ Tim MacMahon. “I thought this was the perfect place for me to do it. With the current guys that they have here and the system that [Coach Rick Carlisle] has, I just think it’ll be perfect for the style of play that I have.
“I have nothing but love for Houston, but at the same time, I’m definitely excited for a bigger role in Dallas and to be that guy on the team who can hopefully be here for a long time and be a big building block going forward.”
Parsons may have ruffled a few feathers on his way out the door in Houston, telling Yahoo Sports’ Marc Stein that he felt “offended” by the way the Rockets handled free agency. He isn’t looking to keep piling on the Rockets though, trying to downplay that comment and offering some praise to his former team.
“I hope I didn’t hurt anybody’s feelings, and I hope there’s no hard feelings there, because I had a great time in Houston. I created a lot of memories there and have nothing but love and respect for the organization, the coaching staff and my teammates,” Parsons said. “But it’s just offensive when they’re publicly saying they don’t have a third star and they’re going after a third star when I was right there in front of them.”