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Report: Rockets to decline team option on Chandler Parsons in pursuit of bigger star

Jun 3, 2014, 11:36 PM EDT

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If they desire, the Rockets will keep Chandler Parsons next season. That was always the case.

It will just cost them a little more now – by their choice.

The Rockets hold a $964,750 team option on Parsons for next season. If they exercise it, he’ll become an unrestricted free agent in 2015. If they decline it, he’ll become a restricted free agent this summer – i.e., getting a raise sooner but one Houston can match.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

The Houston Rockets plan to decline the fourth-year option on forward Chandler Parsons’ contract, freeing him to become a restricted free agent this summer, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

Houston is determined to clear the necessary salary cap space this summer to chase a third maximum contract free agent to join Dwight Howard and James Harden, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.

Houston plans to pursue the major stars who could be available upon opting out of deals, including Miami’s LeBron James and Chris Bosh, and New York’s Carmelo Anthony, league sources said. Dallas’ Dirk Nowitzki is expected to be a target too.

We already knew the Rockets were interested in Kevin Love, an attainable target. But why not also put LeBron, Bosh, Melo and Nowitzki on the radar? Who wouldn’t want one of those players?

However, if the Rockets were intent on maximizing cap room, they would have just picked up Parsons’ option to ensure he’d count against the cap at $964,750.

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By Houston declining it and then extending a qualifying offer, Parsons will count against the cap at $2,875,130* until he signs either a contract or offer sheet. Then, he’ll count against the cap at his 2014-15 salary, which will surely be much higher.

*He earned a higher qualifying offer by meeting the starter criteria. That puts his qualifying offer equal to the rookie-scale amount for the No. 21 pick in the 2010 draft (not 2011, as previously noted). Though Parsons was drafted in 2011, the 2010 draft is used because players drafted in the first round in 2010 are finishing their contracts this season.

So, it seems the Rockets are more interested in a sign-and-trade.

I’d think a player of Parsons’ quality making less than $1 million, even if on an expiring contract and due a big raise the following year, would have high trade value. But to add salary in a trade – LeBron, Bosh, Melo, Nowitzki or Love wouldn’t come cheap – the Rockets would have to send out a comparable amount of salary. In that sense, a higher-paid Parsons could be more helpful.

This decision might say something about the low trade value of Omer Asik and Jeremy Lin, who will each count $8,374,646 against the cap next season while owed $14,898,938 in real money. Though that cap number could facilitate a sign-and-trade, teams might balk about actually paying so much in actual dollars.

Hence, Parsons – a better player than Asik and Lin – could become the preferred sign-and-trade option.

Of course, Parsons would have to go along with a sign-and-trade. He’s clearly fond of Houston, and he might not accommodate a deal that sends him elsewhere.

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That said, he should welcome making around $10 million rather than less than $1 million next season. Wherever Parsons plays in 2014-15, Houston is doing him a huge favor.

Personally, I would have exercised Parsons’ option and enjoyed the advantages of a good starter making so little money for an extra year. Then, once the contracts of Asik and Lin expire next summer, I would have tried to leverage Parsons’ tiny free agent amount into huge cap space and then gone over the cap to re-sign Parsons.

But Morey should know the Rockets’ current options better than I do. This could be the first step to something very big.

And if that backfires, Houston will at least safely lock up Parsons for several more years, though at a higher cost.

  1. miamiHeatlesnotBeatles - Jun 3, 2014 at 11:41 PM

    This makes no sense. The reason they didn’t trade for Rondo at the All-Star Break is because they didn’t want to give up Chandler. Now he could possibly walk and they would get nothing.

    • bougin89 - Jun 4, 2014 at 9:28 AM

      He can’t just walk unless Houston declines to match. In the right scenario this could potentially setup a sign and trade which would allow them to unload either Asik or Lin in order to make room for a guy like Carmelo, Bosh, etc.

      Highly unlikely scenario, yes, but this gives Houston more flexibility to trade or keep Parsons long term.

    • sportsfan18 - Jun 4, 2014 at 9:28 AM

      This makes PERFECT sense…

      If they didn’t, he would be an UNRESTRICTED free agent soon…

      This way, he’s restricted and they can match and many teams don’t go all out for restricted players they know teams want to hang on to…

      Possibly walking while restricted is better than almost certainly walking when unrestricted.

      Oh, it’s ONLY possible he walks now if the Rockets ALLOW it as he’s RESTRICTED this way…

      This obviously means they WANT him…

      Now, if some team offers crazy money way up there, then it would matter if he was restricted or not as with Dwight and Harden on max contracts they can’t get up that high with Chandler…

    • arrondior - Jun 4, 2014 at 1:42 PM

      Some good responses to your comment but you also need to keep in mind that Rondo isn’t a good fit for Houston. Harden dominates the ball and they already have 2 other combo guards on the roster, again making a TRUE point kind of silly acquisition.

  2. grantgoodman93 - Jun 3, 2014 at 11:42 PM

    Houston could offer Dirk a max contract and ownership of the franchise and he’s still not going to leave us.

    • elcapitanfiscal - Jun 4, 2014 at 12:38 AM

      Agreed. There is zero chance Dirk leaves Dallas, he is more than a God to us here.

      • hehateme2 - Jun 4, 2014 at 10:19 AM

        That’s a rather sad statement

      • bklyn221 - Jun 4, 2014 at 2:36 PM

        GOD really.

    • AZ Dem - Jun 4, 2014 at 10:56 AM

      You cannot give an active player an ownership stake.

      Nowitzki has made it clear that, upon retirement, he’s returning to Germany with in the intent of helping to develop the game there. He wants ownership of a team in Germany and to work with the German national team.

      • grantgoodman93 - Jun 4, 2014 at 11:41 AM

        ^ Literal Larry

  3. yesser12 - Jun 3, 2014 at 11:48 PM

    Bad move Parsons is underrated. They want a superstar but they need a glue guy and non selfish player like Parsons.

    0 chance at Bron, Dirk, and Bosh( don’t think he would want to play with Harden and Howard).

    • smoothaswilkes - Jun 4, 2014 at 3:44 AM

      Bosh is from Texas, right? Win or lose against the Spurs, I think Bosh might make the move if the money is right. But, yeah, this all seems like a pipe dream. Keep Chandler on his low money deal and sign a free agent like Kyle Lowery. If that doesn’t work out, reload the next season.

      • thekingdave - Jun 4, 2014 at 3:49 AM

        We traded Lowry to Toronto predominantly because he came out and stated he no longer wanted to play for McHale

      • doc305 - Jun 4, 2014 at 10:13 AM

        The money for Bosh would have to be essential the same amount he would get from Miami, maybe less considering Houston already has two max players… the only motivation for Bosh going to Houston would be to win, and he would third fiddle yet again ( and neither one is even close to being the best in the world).. I don’t see any scenario where Bosh would go to Houston, Dallas has a much better shot… but that seems unlikely too.. Bosh wants to retire in Miami.

  4. fm31970 - Jun 3, 2014 at 11:57 PM

    Daryl Morey, LeBron James is not walking through that door…Bosh nor Nowitski, neither.

    This is a really interesting move, though. I’m looking forward to seeing how it ends up playing out.

    • jcmeyer10 - Jun 4, 2014 at 12:01 AM

      Darly Morey the Wunderkind is being put to the test.

      • miamiHeatlesnotBeatles - Jun 4, 2014 at 12:08 AM

        Who does Daryl Morey think he is? Masai Ujiri?

    • nflhou0208 - Jun 4, 2014 at 10:17 AM

      LeBron COULD walk in that door…if the money was right! Unfortunately, there is not enough money freed up to bring him here!

      • AZ Dem - Jun 4, 2014 at 11:00 AM

        Dummy, LeBron’s working in MIA at a discounted rate. He doesn’t care about his salary. He knows that the real money is to be made elsewhere.

        Plus, he’s got kids in school. LeBron ain’t leaving MIA.

      • arrondior - Jun 4, 2014 at 1:45 PM

        If lebron went to Houston, that would be insane. Sorry but Harden, Howard, and James is a better big three than him + Bosh and Wade.

  5. thekingdave - Jun 4, 2014 at 12:15 AM

    Half of y’all didn’t even read everything, most notable the miamiheatle guy, illustrating how dumb that fan base is. All this does is give is the flexibility to chase a 3rd star if we can dump Lin and Asik, then match whatever offer Parsons receives. This will take us over the cap but is all legal since we hold his Bird rights. I don’t see this scenario happening unless Melo puts a gun up to Phil Jackson’s head, so expect the Rockets to just match whatever offer sheet Parsons signs.

    • jasper36 - Jun 4, 2014 at 12:28 AM

      But regardless of whether it’s this summer or next. Wouldn’t the Rockets still own his bird rights? Plus Parsons is a highly coveted player, so it seems like the Rockets might be giving up some leverage. Which makes this seem like a move that is not necessary right now, because he is your most valuable piece to this point.

      • thekingdave - Jun 4, 2014 at 12:41 AM

        They would. But they would have to add the other max player before signing Parsons. Signing Parsons first would leave zero room to add anyone other than the mid level exception.

      • jasper36 - Jun 4, 2014 at 12:44 AM

        Thekingdave I see where you are coming from now I had to do my research.

      • bkbell3 - Jun 4, 2014 at 1:40 AM

        Jasper, if they pick up his option he will be an UNRESTRICTED free agent next year and can leave without Houston having the right to match any offer. Now he is a RESTRICTED free agent and Houston has the right to match any offer and let the market set his price instead of bidding against themselves. Also his cap hold is higher for trade purposes if they go that route. Or they could do a sign and trade also.Also he is a valuable piece but at 1-2mil. he won’t bring back a good player by himself.

    • loubearkane - Jun 4, 2014 at 8:59 AM

      Someone is going to sign Parsons to a ridiculous offer sheet like the Suns did with Eric Gordon then the Pelicans matched and it’s the worse decision they’ve made.

      • bougin89 - Jun 4, 2014 at 9:32 AM

        You make a very good point. Although I think Morey is going to be on the line with teams interested in Parson and they would work out a sign n trade if they are going to lose Parsons. Otherwise Morey will match.

      • nflhou0208 - Jun 4, 2014 at 10:23 AM

        The difference being that Parsons is a better player than Gordon! And for a starter, Parsons has proven he deserves more. Regardless of the amount, Rockets will come away with Parsons, or a better player! Morley is a smart man….give him a chance and it will work out for this team.

      • loubearkane - Jun 4, 2014 at 10:25 AM

        As long doesn’t get tunnel vision on getting a BIG 3 and go after an injured Deron Williams

    • doc305 - Jun 4, 2014 at 10:19 AM

      There is nothing better than someone calling people dumb after writing Y’ALL!!!

      Illustrating how dumb people in that state are.

      • thekingdave - Jun 4, 2014 at 12:41 PM

        Ha, I’d love to duke it out with you intellectually. It wouldn’t even be close. Btw, what you complain of goes both ways. For instance we laugh at “y’all” hysterically when you refer to coke as pop in that how awful northern accent.

  6. campcouch - Jun 4, 2014 at 12:19 AM

    Why do I not see Kevin Love fitting in Houston or Parsons intrigued by Minnesota? Didn’t Cleveland try this with Carlos Boozer and he left for Utah? The desire to play with LeBron James was less than the desire for more money.

    • lonnie49 - Jun 4, 2014 at 12:55 AM

      The Boozer situation was very very different.

    • loubearkane - Jun 4, 2014 at 9:01 AM

      Boozer was a 2nd round pick , 2nd round picks do not have guaranteed contracts so after his monster rookie year he was free to sign with whomever.

      • zeedoubleyou - Jun 4, 2014 at 1:50 PM

        Not only are you incorrect about the guaranteed money being a factor in this scenario but Parsons was also a 2nd round pick.

        Boozer played two years in Cleveland and then convinced the team to turn down his team option so that they could negotiate an extension. Then he turned his back on a blind man when Utah backed up the Brinks truck for him.

  7. cantonb0und13 - Jun 4, 2014 at 12:25 AM

    No big deal. If Houston declined the team option, then Parsons would’ve been a UFA next year. Now he’s restricted, this was the smart and obvious move by the Rockets.

    • cantonb0und13 - Jun 4, 2014 at 12:28 AM

      Let me clarify if Houston accepted the team option, then he would’ve been a UFA next year.

      • loubearkane - Jun 4, 2014 at 9:03 AM

        Backfires if someone poison pills the offer sheet with a big first year payment of $15 Million just like Houston did with Lin and Asik making their final years $14+ Million

      • xLith - Jun 4, 2014 at 2:41 PM

        They cannot poison pill him. He was a second round pick.

        “The “Gilbert Arenas Rule” was later created to allow teams like the Warriors the ability to re-sign restricted free agents who had not been first-round picks.”

      • xLith - Jun 4, 2014 at 2:42 PM

        To be clear he was a second round pick and doesn’t fall into the 1-2 year requirement. He’s a 3rd year veteran. So poison pill is not allowed.

    • thekingdave - Jun 4, 2014 at 12:28 AM

      Welp, you’re definitely smarter than miamiheatlesbeatles and the 8 morons who thumbed him up

  8. cuhris84 - Jun 4, 2014 at 12:27 AM

    Either way Parson’s is the winner.

  9. jasper36 - Jun 4, 2014 at 12:42 AM

    Okay after doing further research I see that this is a brilliant move because. The cap hold of Parson salary just about doubles, which doesn’t eat much of the Rockets open cap space to add an additional Star. Plus it also allows them to Keep Parsons at basically a 2 million dollar salary before his new salary kicks in, even if he gets a lucrative offer from a rival team for the upcoming season that the Rockets may have to match. Which means Morey must only be thinking of salary dump trades. Not sign and trades, this gives the Rockets the potential to cremate something very special.

    • bkbell3 - Jun 4, 2014 at 1:47 AM

      Jasper,wrong again my man.The a qualifying offer to retain his rights as a restricted free agent and parsons is not going to take a 1 year 2mil. offer. If they don’t offer the qualifying offer they will be renouncing him and he will be a UNRESTRICTED free agent this year.

    • imakcds - Jun 4, 2014 at 9:11 AM

      Cremate? something special?
      Freudian slip?
      When you sign Dwight, EVERYTHING goes up in flames.
      except for his goofy smile and careless attitude.

  10. 00maltliquor - Jun 4, 2014 at 12:51 AM

    Sucks for Parsons. They used him to convince Dwight to come on down, then they take a wet diarrhea dump on him the next year. Talk about being used!

    HOU honestly got what they need. 2 superstars and the PERFECT 3rd banana/2way player. They just need to grow together and add a bench along with glue guys like Beverley. This is a real stupid move and they are gonna lose/overpay him now. They don’t need another star.

    • thekingdave - Jun 4, 2014 at 12:59 AM

      Reading comprehension isn’t your strong point, is it?

      • 00maltliquor - Jun 4, 2014 at 1:08 AM

        Apparently it’s not yours. What don’t you get?

        If I had crayons to draw this for you yo make it easier for you to understand I would, but let’s look at it…

        -HOU wants to add another superstar, even if it comes at the expense of Parsons, whom I feel is the perfect 3rd guy, no need for another scorer of a superstar with no D like Melo, etc.

        -They don’t get another superstar, they can retain Parsons, although the pricetag will be higher since other teams will be bidding high to poach him. Look at POR/IND with Hibbert, Batum with MIN/POR, and Eric Gordon with PHX/NOP.

        -They risk offending Parsons by doing this as well, although not as major of a factor if you really want to get into it.

        What is there that you don’t understand?

    • loubearkane - Jun 4, 2014 at 9:05 AM

      I agree they need more role players not another ego to stroke

    • zeedoubleyou - Jun 4, 2014 at 1:53 PM

      Parsons is going to go from making under $1 million next year to having a $40-50 million fully guaranteed deal. If that’s taking a dump on someone, where do I sign up?

    • jimeejohnson - Jun 4, 2014 at 4:43 PM

      Malt: he’s KingSh-t!

  11. thekingdave - Jun 4, 2014 at 1:14 AM

    What do you not get? Obtaining a 3rd star
    isnt at the expense of Parsons, they merely match his offer sheet the day after signing the star anyways. If they don’t get the star, a decision on Parsons will be made before next offseason, rendering any extra money they had to pay moot since they’re up against the cap anyways. Pretty simple stuff.

    • 00maltliquor - Jun 4, 2014 at 1:25 AM

      You’re not gonna be paying for 3 max guys and a near max for Chandler (he’s getting 10-13+ mill per, don’t know what you’d call that, but let’s call it a mini-max), there’s not enough cap room in this day and age, not to mention trying to flesh out a competent bench.

      And even if they did go full-retard and take the Prokorhov approach, I’m pretty sure that repeater tax in the years coming would slay them. So it’s another max guy OR Parsons, not and.

      • thekingdave - Jun 4, 2014 at 1:31 AM

        You grasp the concept of Bird Rights right? Basically, they can exceed the cap by whatever amount to sign Parsons since they hold those rights. You sign a free agent before signing Parsons IF you can dump Lin and Asik, then sign Parsons after the fact. As I stated it’s not a likely scenario, but keeping options open nonetheless.

      • 00maltliquor - Jun 4, 2014 at 1:50 AM

        I get the Bird Rights broham, I don’t think you understand where I’m coming from. Maybe I’m not explaining good enough since im tired and have to wake back up to go to work at 2am, but the BRs don’t permit you to have an endless pool of spending money, otherwise you think the Thunder would have let Harden go in the first place? Look, I hear what you’re saying and I know what you mean as far as dumping Lin/Asik, signing Max player X, then retaining BRs on CP25, but like I’ve been saying, y’all don’t need to do that, keep the 3 main guys you have now, along with a PatBev, Jones or what have you and use whatever you can to flesh out a bench. Unless you want to be the Lakers with D12, Kobe, Gasol and Nash and when one, two or ALL your star players are hurt, you can let your season sink in the toilet with the D League talent that’s left over because you gave out around 15-25 million to THREE guys AND around 10-13 to Parsons.

      • bkbell3 - Jun 4, 2014 at 1:57 AM

        00, right now parsons only counts about 2mil in a cap hold, so if Houston can clear enough cap by trading asik and Lin and who ever else they need to they can maybe let’s say sign melo to fit under the cap THEN they can resign parsons with his bird rights and exceed the cap. It all hinges on clearing enough cap room of which parsons only counts about 2mil with the qualifying offer.Plus by not picking up his option and making him restricted they can let the market set his price and not bid against themselves.Also by not picking up his option they avoid making him a UNRESTRICTED after next year and risk losing him without the right to match any offer.

      • thekingdave - Jun 4, 2014 at 2:02 AM

        The spending money isn’t an issue because it would never reach Nets territory. Les Alexander is a wealthy guy, and if it meant a serious title run, he’d have no problem springing for it. It’s been 19 years since our last title and he’s never hesitated to give the green light on acquiring big names (Barkley, Pippen, Francis after draft, McGrady, Harden). As I said coming into this season Morey still needed another year to fill the bench out so I expected at least a second round experience which obviously didn’t happen. Harden still left many unanswered questions after another disappointing playoff showing so I have no problem with Morey maintaining flexibility. In all likelihood we’ll whiff in the third star, overpay Parsons, and fill the bench out with vets chasing a ring and the occasional Morey second round gem.

  12. muathjam21 - Jun 4, 2014 at 1:51 AM

    Can’t fault them for wanting to make a run at one of the big boys, but they better have a contingency plan in place if they don’t land anyone and Parsons walks.

    • thekingdave - Jun 4, 2014 at 2:09 AM


      • bkbell3 - Jun 4, 2014 at 2:16 AM

        King theoretically, if someone offers enough dollars or does a poison pill offer like Lin and asik got they might have to let him walk. I don’t see him as more than a 7-9 million per year for 4 years at the most but if someone offers maybe 11-13 mil. maybe they don’t match.

    • thekingdave - Jun 4, 2014 at 2:22 AM

      In theory. But Lin and Asik were role players who got poison pills paying them at superstar levels in year three. Parsons contract will be much closer to that and there isn’t a whole lot of room for someone to inflate a contract offer for him we wouldn’t match. Especially if somehow they got the third star I don’t see how they would let Parsons walk over a few million.

  13. stadix093 - Jun 4, 2014 at 2:07 AM

    Thanks for recruiting Dwight. See ya

  14. money2long - Jun 4, 2014 at 3:39 AM

    Go after lebron

    • money2long - Jun 4, 2014 at 12:08 PM

      Yea cuz lebron is so bad.

      • 00maltliquor - Jun 4, 2014 at 5:20 PM

        Carmelo Anthony is better thenn Blake Griffin AND LeBron James.

      • money2long - Jun 4, 2014 at 8:18 PM

        Hahah. Nice reference

  15. cantonbound13 - Jun 4, 2014 at 4:10 AM

    I think it’s funny how no one will go after Dwayne Wade yet again in free agency. Are his knees that much of a concern?

    • reesesteel23 - Jun 4, 2014 at 9:08 AM

      No. Everyone knows he’s not leaving Miami. Just like Dirk’s not leaving Dallas.

      • cantonbound13 - Jun 4, 2014 at 12:41 PM

        Because nobody else will give him a max deal & let him sit half the season.

      • zeedoubleyou - Jun 4, 2014 at 1:56 PM

        Hey, still better than giving JR Smith 3 yrs $24 million, right?

  16. nickjackalson - Jun 4, 2014 at 8:07 AM

    Wade´s value ain´t what it used to be ..heck.. some of these athletic 2 guards loose a lot when they age..
    some just get washed out the league

    • money2long - Jun 4, 2014 at 12:10 PM

      Not going against you , just throwing this out there.
      How old was Kobe when he averaged 27 a night. Kobe is a special breed.

  17. azarkhan - Jun 4, 2014 at 9:54 AM

    Dumb move. Houston should keep Parsons because he’s very good and they don’t have to pay him millions and amnesty Omer Asik (with that salary, trading him is out of the question).

    • loubearkane - Jun 4, 2014 at 10:14 AM

      Can’t amnesty him

  18. zickhead - Jun 4, 2014 at 10:02 AM

    I hate how teams think if they have 3 stars they automatically will win a title or be a better contender. Outside of Miami and Celtics for one year, this hasn’t been the case at all.

    Lakers – Kobe / Nash / Howard

    Thunder – Durant / Westbrook / Ibaka

    Clippers – Paul / Griffin / Crawford

    Knicks – Melo / Chandler / Smith

    Nets – Williams / Johnson / Garnett / Pierce

    Warriors – Curry / Iguodala / Thompson

    • AZ Dem - Jun 4, 2014 at 11:08 AM

      I don’t see 3 stars in any of the examples you’ve given.

      LeBron, Wade, Bosh, Allen

      Duncan, Parker, Manu

      Hey, aren’t those guys playing for the NBA title this year?

      • zickhead - Jun 4, 2014 at 12:36 PM

        I wouldnt consider Manu or Allen a bigger star over Jamal Crawford, Surge Ibaka, or Pierce

      • zeedoubleyou - Jun 4, 2014 at 1:58 PM

        Pierce is a walking corpse. At least Allen still has an elite skill left.

  19. AZ Dem - Jun 4, 2014 at 11:27 AM

    This is fantasy basketball. LeBron and Bosh are not leaving MIA. They’re both playing at a discounted rate, and they’ve got a good thing going. Dirk is committed to ending his NBA career in Dallas. Dirk is not stupid; he’s looking to purchase a franchise in Germany, and having some Cuban dollars to back him up can make that happen. Never forget that this is a business.

    Love? I don’t see him fitting in. McHale would be a great coach for him. But I don’t see Love and Howard playing together. More importantly, HOU has not got anything that MN wants. Boston does. Draft picks.

    In regards to Melo, who knows? He’s definitely opting out. BOS makes the most sense. But CHI makes sense, too. If GSW has the cap space. Whatever. Melo will take less in salary in order to play in a major market. The only team that has no shot at Melo is LAL. Melo is not going to share the ball with Kobe.

    • money2long - Jun 4, 2014 at 12:14 PM

      Bosh or Dwight.
      Hm. I’ll take Dwight.
      Wade or harden.
      Hm. Gimme harden.
      Spoelstra or Mchale.
      Hm. I’ll take spo.
      Houston or Miami.
      Hm. Miami is nice.
      Does Friendship outweigh a championship chase ?
      That’s up to lebron.

    • bkbell3 - Jun 4, 2014 at 1:25 PM

      How do you think love wouldn’t be a good fit next to Howard? Love is the ultimate stretch four and he is a rebounding machine who can stretch the floor and hit threes.His defense is average at best but how many power forwards in the league are really good defenders? Aldridge and griffin are so so, Duncan is very good still but he is really a center. The kid in new orleans is good and can score and cousins and Randolf can score but are not good on defense and none of these guys have Dwight next to them on defense.

      • 00maltliquor - Jun 4, 2014 at 5:34 PM

        Personalities. You can’t have 3 dudes that ALL want to be The Man. That’s a recipe for disaster.

      • bkbell3 - Jun 4, 2014 at 9:09 PM

        00,possible but love played with a ball dominate point guard and martin scored 19 per game and the big goof center almost 17 points per game. And Dwight deferred a lot this year also and love does do alot of dirty work on the boards and will help stretch the floor even more to give Dwight more room to operate.Also the big 3 in Miami learned to share even though i think they don’t run enough offense thru Bosh in the post. Plus love needs someone to get him the ball unlike say Melo,love doesn’t do a lot of creating himself. The biggest problem with Houston is their defense and their defensive scheme and love won’t help that much.

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