Dallas Mavericks’ owner Mark Cuban is arguably the most aggressive owner in sports. However, he has been whiffing on free agency as of late and it looked like he was going to strikeout once again in 2014 after finding out New York Knicks’ forward Carmelo Anthony was not interested in joining the Mavericks. Then, Cuban pulled off a coup, inking Houston Rockets’ restricted free agent forward Chandler Parsons to a three-year, $46 million offer sheet. The Rockets decided not to match, making Parsons a member of the Mavericks.
Cuban was one of the biggest reasons Parsons decided to sign with the Mavericks.
“I’ve developed a relationship with him throughout the years,” Parsons explained in an appearance on The Afternoon Show with Cowlishaw and Mosley on KESN-FM 103.3 via The Dallas Morning News. “I truly think he’s the best owner in sports. It’s comforting playing for a team and an owner that you know they’re never gonna let you be bad; they’re always going to look for ways to improve the team. I just have a special relationship with him. I trust him. The way he pitched me in that system with coach Carlisle and the core guys that they have was too good to turn down. The whole night I signed; it was kind of random. His flight (Cuban’s) was getting in late. We had finished dinner downtown. So me and my friends and my parents just walked to this lounge in downtown Orlando. He texted me wanting to know where it was. I told him. And he just showed up there with a contract. It’s gotta be the first time a player has ever signed in a club.”
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.