When the Houston Rockets decided to decline their team option on Chandler Parsons this past offseason, many assumed it was a kind gesture on behalf of the Rockets in effort to pay their budding young star.
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Not only would Parsons get a much deserved contract but the Rockets would also secure him to what many would consider a team friendly deal. That of course didn’t prove to be the case as the Rockets were attempting to clear as much cap space as possible in effort to sign big name free agents like Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh or possibly even LeBron James.
The Houston Rockets struck out on all attempts including bringing Chandler Parsons back who ended up being involved in a sign-and-trade scenario with the Dallas Mavericks.
Pouring salt into the wound, Chandler Parsons told Marc Stein of ESPN that he would have re-signed with the Houston Rockets early in free agency and for less money.
"To be perfectly honest, I would have accepted a lot less money early in the process to stay in Houston. But they told me they wanted to wait for the whole LeBron and Melo situation [to play out], which I understood."
It’s hard to blame the Houston Rockets as they did seem like a very serious suitor for Carmelo Anthony and Chris Bosh (LeBron James, not so much) so the team decided to take a dice roll. They still had the right to match Parsons contract with the Dallas Mavericks as well, so it wasn’t as if the Houston Rockets couldn’t have kept Parsons. But the Dallas Mavericks did everything in their power to make the contract tough to match which is why the Rockets and general manager Daryl Morey likely decided to cut ties.
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