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Report: Timberwolves have interest in Chandler Parsons, may attempt to get him in trade for Kevin Love

Jun 29, 2014, 6:30 PM EDT


The Rockets made Chandler Parsons a restricted free agent this summer, when they could have simply picked up the final year of his deal and paid him less than $1 million for next season.

Had they done that, however, Parsons would have been an unrestricted free agent the following year, and the team would not have been guaranteed the opportunity to be able to match any offer he received at that time the way they can now.

Houston is interested in re-signing Parsons, but they may also look to trade him if one of the marquee free agents on the market expresses interest in the Rockets.

From Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports:

The Rockets are interested in re-signing Parsons, league sources said, but his future could also be affected by what happens to Golden State Warriors forward Klay Thompson and New York Knicks free-agent forward Carmelo Anthony.

The Minnesota Timberwolves are still interested in acquiring Thompson in a blockbuster trade that would send All-Star forward Kevin Love to the Warriors, a source said. But the T’wolves also have secondary interest in Parsons, the source said. If the Thompson trade doesn’t happen, the source said Minnesota could attempt a deal sending Love to the Rockets and acquire Parsons in a sign-and-trade. The Los Angeles Lakers,Chicago Bulls and Dallas Mavericks have primary interest in signing Anthony as a free agent, but also could chase Parsons if they don’t, a source said.

The Warriors talks with Minnesota stalled when the team couldn’t come to grips internally with parting ways with Klay Thompson in any Kevin Love trade. Houston and Chicago would appear to be the teams most likely to try to trade for Love that happen to be on his list of places he’d agree to sign long-term. While other teams like Phoenix and Boston have more desirable assets, Love hasn’t indicated that those are places he’d agree to stay.

Parsons will get paid by someone in free agency — he averaged 16.6 points, 5.5 rebounds and four assists, while shooting 37 percent from 3-point distance in 37.6 minutes per contest. Houston will likely do whatever it can to re-sign him, but that doesn’t necessarily mean he’ll be with the Rockets next season.

  1. saint1997 - Jun 29, 2014 at 6:50 PM

    I still can’t believe the Warriors won’t trade Klay. If you can get Love and Martin for Klay and Lee you do it. Especially when you would have Iggy, Martin, Barnes and Green to fill the 2/3 spot

    • ghelton03 - Jun 29, 2014 at 7:34 PM

      Love & Howard would make the most formidable front line in the NBA. Add Hardin’s outside shooting to that and this would be a very difficult team to beat.

    • ghelton03 - Jun 29, 2014 at 7:36 PM

      I am in the Warriors camp on this one. Love is an upgrade to Lee, but is he a big enough upgrade to throw in Klay? At best you are breaking even, so why do it?

      • saint1997 - Jun 29, 2014 at 7:46 PM

        Love is enough of an upgrade to Lee to justify replacing Klay in the starting line up with Barnes and shifting Iggy to the 2. You are still a great outside shooting team but much better rebounders and still strong defensively

  2. shadowgamesshades - Jun 29, 2014 at 7:01 PM

    Wolves sure are interested in players who don’t play defense.

    • money2long - Jun 29, 2014 at 8:39 PM

      When did klay Thompson stop playing defense ?

      • shadowgamesshades - Jun 29, 2014 at 8:44 PM

        I was talking about Parsons.

      • bkbell3 - Jun 29, 2014 at 10:27 PM

        when did klay become a lock down defender?

      • money2long - Jun 29, 2014 at 11:00 PM

        @ shadow
        So u were only talking about parsons ? I know “parsons” looks plural. But it’s only 1 player.

        Excuse me, was it lock down he was talking about or players who choose to simply play defense?
        Learn to read before commenting.

      • bkbell3 - Jun 29, 2014 at 11:24 PM

        money, and what are you getting on shadow for he spelled parsons name right. He wasn’t saying parson’s defense he was identifying who he was referring to.smh talk about reading comprehension, go buy some.

      • money2long - Jun 29, 2014 at 11:43 PM

        are you slow?
        did you miss the part where he said playerS?
        then responded to my reply by only mentioning ONE player?

        you need hooked on phonics.
        you’re obviously hooked on cronic.

  3. muhangis - Jun 29, 2014 at 7:16 PM

    Wow the Warriors wouldn’t make the go in taking Love (and K. Martin) for Klay and David Lee, stupid stupid stupid.

    I severely question Golden State’s front office! No wonder Mark Jackson couldn’t mesh with these guys.

    And Parsons is not nearly enough for Kevin Love, I would hope that Minnesota asks for alot more than that. I want to be a G.M. in the league just so I could rip some of these ball clubs off..

    • tcstunner - Jun 29, 2014 at 9:33 PM

      Obviously the Wolves would want more in return for Love than just Parsons.

  4. 88heatnation - Jun 29, 2014 at 7:21 PM

    Rockets would lead the league in rebounds with that front line easy

  5. ghelton03 - Jun 29, 2014 at 7:29 PM

    Love & Howard would make the most formidable front line in the NBA. Add Hardin’s outside shooting to that and this would be a very difficult team to beat.

  6. titansbro - Jun 29, 2014 at 7:30 PM

    If I’m a place like Minnesota where it seems no one wants to be I try to build from the ground up by aquiring picks, not players. Flip Saunders seems to be content with just missing the playoffs every season rather than trying to build an actual contender. How do these teams keep fans?

    • jazz11001 - Jun 30, 2014 at 1:19 AM

      Flip has been president for 1 year..his job is to turn it around and at pick 13 you know it isn’t going to be a home run. Couple that with big baby Love making it all about him it and how is he supposed to proceed? He didn’t jump at the first offer and didn’t rush a decision. Now the draft is over and soon the big 3 will resign and Love will again be the talk of the town and Flip wins

  7. kingperk123 - Jun 29, 2014 at 7:30 PM

    OMG What. And the Celtics trade wasn’t good if the wolves do this trade then the owner of wolves should be fired ASAP!

    • tcstunner - Jun 29, 2014 at 9:31 PM

      What are you talking about? The Wolves don’t want picks and mediocre players for Love. They want good players in return. Something the Celtics have none of.

    • bkbell3 - Jun 29, 2014 at 10:31 PM

      if love won’t resign with boston and he won’t then there is no boston deal

  8. kingperk123 - Jun 29, 2014 at 11:53 PM

    What the hell you think Parsons is he ant no got damn team saver he is mediocre player to and picks almost every team was trying to sell picks to move up in the draft he wants to play in Boston I didn’t hear or read any news about him traveling to any cities watching baseball games have. Convo with the BEST PG IN THE NBA TODAY!! Now did he

  9. pukpokito - Jun 30, 2014 at 1:33 AM

    This would be a terrific trade. I like it in a way that the Wolves have their reason for signing the young Parsons as a Franchise face with Rubio.Rockets can give a draft pick next year. And love would be perfect for any team that acquires him.With the Rockets he is a need on both sides of the ball with his rebounding, outside shot and will keep the defense honest freeing up Howard to do much better in the paint than last year.Pus he has Kevin Mchale who drafted Love(his last before he left Minnesota).

    • pukpokito - Jun 30, 2014 at 1:41 AM

      This would work for Parsons as he will get paid and he obviously wants to be important in a franchise.He has his own gifts whether people like his game or not.

      Puzzling though.I thought the Celtics had the best offer among everyone for Love. It wasn’t the Celtics’ fault that Minnesota didn’t find success after the trade. They seem to be blaming the Celtics bitterly for it with their angst not to trade with them.

      Flip already lost a leverage by not doing the trade before the draft.The longer he holds, the worst his options gets as soon there will be pressure from Love’s camp and it may get desperate and he will have limited options as everyone is moving on.

  10. paoconno - Jun 30, 2014 at 3:23 AM

    I don’t think Flip has lost any leverage. I think we need to see what happens with the Big 3 and Miami and Melo. If, say, Lebron goes back to Cleveland, then Love would definitely resign there, and I bet the Cavs would gladly trade Wiggins and Thompson or Bennett for KLove. Then, that is a much better deal then he got offered for anyone pre-draft and would make Cleveland into an instant Eastern Conference fav.

    Or lets say Melo goes to the Suns or Mavs. If you are Golden State, don’t you then figure you need to get better too and offer Klay and Barnes to get Love and keep up with your competition?

    Look at Love’s PER and win shares, they are among the tops in the league. He’s also only 25. His value is high, and to get value, you have to give some up.

    • kvt7280 - Jun 30, 2014 at 10:20 PM

      If no one trades for him and opts out, he’ll be wishing he did do the trade and he’ll be unemployed.

  11. kvt7280 - Jun 30, 2014 at 10:21 PM

    Flip would be lucky to still get Harrison, Lee, Nemja and a first rd pick for Love and Barrera

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