Former Houston Rockets’ forward Chandler Parsons was one of the most interesting free agents of the 2014 offseason.
The Rockets decided to decline the option on Parsons’ 2014-2015 season, making him a restricted free agent. Some questioned the move because Parsons was not even scheduled to make $1 million. However, by declining the option, Parsons became a restricted free agent. The Rockets believed they could sign a third star and then match any offer sheet Parsons signed. While the Rockets courted New York Knicks’ forward Carmelo Anthony and Miami Heat big man Chris Bosh, who both wound up re-signing with their teams, Parsons agreed to a three-year, $46 million deal with the Dallas Mavericks. After the Rockets inked Washington Wizards’ swingman Trevor Ariza, they decided not to match the offer.
Bill Ingram, who covers the Rockets for Basketball Insiders, believes Parsons will become an All-Star in Dallas.
As of today? Absolutely not. Parsons will be incredibly good under the coaching of Rick Carlisle and his staff. He’ll emerge as an All-Star, I’d be willing to bet. Dallas is now a serious threat in the West. Houston didn’t match because they value flexibility . . .so they are big losers today, but we can revisit this if they manage to do something else with the flexibility. The Rockets prefer the two birds in the bush to the one in the hand . . .and their lack of postseason success reflects that.
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.