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Report: If LeBron James chooses Miami, Cavaliers to target Chandler Parsons

Jul 9, 2014, 12:21 PM EDT

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Chandler Parsons is in the second tier of free agents, the ones waiting for the LeBron James/Carmelo Anthony bottleneck to break free. He’s in the green room waiting to go on with Pau Gaol, Paul Pierce, Greg Monroe and a host of others.

The Rockets want to keep Parsons — a restricted free agent, meaning Houston can match any offer — but it could come down to money.

And if the Cavaliers strike out on LeBron and he stays with the Heat, the Cavs could throw a lot of it at Parsons, reports Marc Stein of ESPN.

Parsons is an incredibly athletic wing player who can hit the three or put the rock on the floor and finish strong at the rim. He understands offensive spacing and how to use it. His defense is a work in process but improving.

If the Cavaliers believe (as they do) that Andrew Wiggins is really a big two guard plugging Parsons at the three, with Kyrie Irving at the point, makes for a very good and interesting lineup. Plus a young one that is improving.

Of course, the Rockets might just match the offer. Remember they have James Harden and Dwight Howard, they won 54 games last year and see themselves as up-and-coming contender in the West. Parsons is part of that vision.

It could depend on what happens with the Rockets efforts to land Chris Bosh or another stretch four (if LeBron chooses Miami Bosh is expected to return with him, at a discount).

  1. buddysguys - Jul 9, 2014 at 12:24 PM

    so if you dont get the best player in the world your going to focus on the 78th best player in the world?

    • buddysguys - Jul 9, 2014 at 12:24 PM

      *you’re

    • casualcommenter - Jul 9, 2014 at 12:28 PM

      In terms of remaining free agents, there’s LeBron at the very top, Carmelo at #2, Chris Bosh at #3, then I suppose Wade at #4 (though nobody except Miami seems to be targeting him), then “the very good but unspectacular” afterwards like Parsons and Ariza, .

      Heck, Gordon Hayward just got a max deal coming off a season in which he struggled as the #1 guy after the losses of Millsap and Jefferson.

      • bball242322 - Jul 9, 2014 at 2:29 PM

        meh i would rank hayward and Lance Stephenson over Wade. There’s probably others I’m missing too, but Wade isn’t that high up there

  2. loungefly74 - Jul 9, 2014 at 12:24 PM

    happy the Cavs are being movers n shakers this offseason. get some talent around the young kids, they mature soon, then watch out.

  3. cbking05 - Jul 9, 2014 at 12:28 PM

    Does Waiters know about this plan?

    • casualcommenter - Jul 9, 2014 at 12:30 PM

      Why would Waiters, a 2-guard who comes off the bench, care about the Cavs signing Parsons to start at the small forward position?

      It’s been well known for weeks that the Cavs are trying to upgrade their small forward position this offseason, chasing after that guy named “LeBron James.”

      • cbking05 - Jul 9, 2014 at 12:35 PM

        Isn’t Wiggins included in this plan?

      • jtk1985 - Jul 9, 2014 at 1:35 PM

        Wiggins is seen as a 2 guard here in Cleveland.

      • rohlo - Jul 9, 2014 at 2:23 PM

        wiggins is no garantee!! just like last years #1 bennett was no garantee and was a bust..lots of people thinking wiggins is a no brainer…there are only no brainers once every ten years…lebron,kobe,garnett,shaq…. wiggins is unproven!!!

  4. patfic5 - Jul 9, 2014 at 12:30 PM

    At this point, with Cleveland looking like a strong possibility of landing James, if he doesn’t go, do the remaining Lebron jerseys get burned if he doesn’t go?

    • casualcommenter - Jul 9, 2014 at 12:33 PM

      Doubtful. I think Cleveland fans this offseason proved that, as much as they claim to hate James, they’d welcome him back with open arms if he would make the Cavs relevant.

  5. bobbybouche305 - Jul 9, 2014 at 12:31 PM

    Wow!!Its a rap my sources just informed me Pat Riley and Mickey Arison too Cleveland also…..Im devastated

    • titansbro - Jul 9, 2014 at 1:19 PM

      a new comment might be good

  6. cmart0907 - Jul 9, 2014 at 12:31 PM

    I can’t wait for this shxt to be over with already. Tired of hearing about it.

  7. casualcommenter - Jul 9, 2014 at 12:35 PM

    Not a bad backup plan.
    Woj of Yahoo says the other backup plan if LeBron chooses to say in Miami (and I think LeBron will) is Trevor Ariza, so the Cavs are likely to upgrade their small forward position this offseason. The only question is how big of an upgrade will they get. We’ll see.

    • rohlo - Jul 9, 2014 at 2:25 PM

      tervor ariza will be a dissapointment..the guy only plays well when its his contract year..look back when he had the one good year with lakers and rockets gave him alot of money and he sucked then he was traded and he sucked until last year his cntract year again!! guys is a bum once he gets paid!

    • rohlo - Jul 9, 2014 at 2:25 PM

      tervor ariza will be a dissapointment..the guy only plays well when its his contract year..look back when he had the one good year with lakers and rockets gave him alot of money and he sucked then he was traded and he sucked until last year his cntract year again!! guys is a bum once he gets paid!

  8. lakerade - Jul 9, 2014 at 12:47 PM

    The second tier market will be fast and furious I think, definitely some overpaying coming up. Parsons is a fine player, question will be if his heart is in it after thinking he was part of the long-term plans in Houston. I’d think he’d just go to the highest bidder if Houston can’t match due to getting Bosh. Could be worse problems to have I guess.

    • rohlo - Jul 9, 2014 at 2:21 PM

      rockets owner said before the free agency period started the parsons deal was planned and they are gonna match him regardless of what free agent they were to get with their targets..signing a bosh,melo,or whatever was gonna have no effect on them matchign any offer he gets..the owner has said this over and over he isnt gonna let him go and not match any offer and get nothing in return.why dont the writers ever keep that in mind when an owner says he is matchign any offer he gets..les alexander the rockets owner is a no nonsense guy and when he says he is gonna do something he does it!

  9. robigd - Jul 9, 2014 at 12:48 PM

    Whatever LeBron does, i’m sure his decision weighs heavily on what the easiest path to the finals is. Obviously, that is staying in the East.

  10. ranfan12 - Jul 9, 2014 at 1:14 PM

    uh oh, he’s at it again

  11. rohlo - Jul 9, 2014 at 2:18 PM

    dont waste your time cleveland…the rockets owner has said he will match any offer and money is no object with parsons..even if they get a bosh!! the rockets will have his bird rights to match and resign him! rockets owner doesnt care about luxury tax either even though parsons havign his bird rights with rockets wont count against the cap…the only reason rockets made parsons a restrictedfree agent was to keep him from becomign a unrestricted free agent next offseason…if they had any intentions of not matchign any offer he gets they would have just kept him for the upcoming season with pickign up his option for the bargain price of 900k for the 2014-15 season and then either trading him and getting something for him or juts letting him hit the open market next offeseason..the rockets will do with parsons what utah is gonna do with gordon haywood and match any offer he gets..hte rockets are going all in for next season ,do you really think they are gonna just let parsons walk away???? them lettign him become a restricted free agent is part of their plan so they can get him resigned this year again ,instead of hitting the open market next year and getting into a bidding war with teams.this direction lets them have control in matching any offer he gets..hes not leaving houston!

  12. jammer73 - Jul 9, 2014 at 4:33 PM

    Great backup plan. Parsons instead of LeBron. LOL!

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