In what was one of the most surprising moves of the NBA offseason, the Dallas Mavericks acquired Houston Rockets’ restricted free agent forward Chandler Parsons. The Rockets declined their option on Parsons and he signed an offer sheet worth $46 million over three years with the Mavericks. The Rockets decided not to match.
Parsons only admitted he was surprised the Rockets didn’t match but explained that he was offended by the way they treated him.
“I was just offended that they didn’t view me as that third star when I think I’m more than that,” Parsons told The Afternoon Show with Cowlishaw and Mosley on KESN-FM 103.3 via The Dallas Morning News. “In all honesty, I have nothing but respect and love for them. They did this a year early when they didn’t have to. I get why they did, to not let me get to unrestricted next summer. I’ve had nothing but great memories there. The entire organization, the fans in Houston were great for me. They believed in me initially and took a chance on me. I wish them nothing but the best. At the end of the day, it’s a business. He had to do what he thought was best for his organization and I had to do what’s best for my career. I figure it will work out for both of us.”
Parsons may not be a “star,” but he is an excellent player and it was certainly a surprise the Rockets didn’t vale him more than they did. Losing Parsons for nothing when they could have actually kept under contract for just around $1 million next season seems like a poor play.
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.