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Report: Mavericks shake up Rockets’ free-agent plans, agree to offer sheet with Chandler Parsons

Jul 9, 2014, 7:08 PM EDT

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The Houston Rockets made a calculated risk when they declined Chandler Parsons’ team option and made him a restricted free agent this offseason rather than letting him becoming an unrestricted free agent next summer.

Had Houston simply picked up Parsons’ option, he would have counted safely at just $964,750 against the cap this offseason. Instead, he counts at $2,875,130 until his new contract goes into effect. When it does, his 2014-15 salary will become his cap number, and that will be much higher.

Essentially the Rockets were betting Parsons would patiently wait an offer. Houston would sign an outside free agent first and then exceed the cap to re-sign Parsons.

That plan might have backfired.

Marc Stein of ESPN:

David Aldridge of NBA.com:

On a three-year contract, Parsons’ max is $46,164,000, so this is a max contract or close to it. Parsons’ max starting salary is $ 14,725,359 – a heck of a lot more than $2,875,130.

The easy path for the Rockets is signing a top free agent during the 72-hour period they have to match, and then they can go over the cap to keep Parsons.

But that’s predicated on other free agents deciding so quickly. Houston might not get everything to line up so conveniently.

If the Rockets match, they’ll be out of the race for any elite free agents and likely anyone who commands more than the mid-level exception. Carmelo Anthony reportedly plans to re-sign with the Knicks, so there’s likely no dilemma there.

But what happens if LeBron James – and therefore Chris Bosh – is still in flux? Would the Rockets match Parsons’ offer? Or would they let him leave on the chance they can get Bosh?

Daryl Morey backed himself into a corner.

The Mavericks might be hamstringing themselves, too. That’s a lot of money to pay Parsons if Houston doesn’t match – though, if Gordon Hayward deserves a max contract, Parsons probably does, too. Those two have similar value.

For the most part, I like the deal for Dallas, even if it hinders long-term flexibility. The Mavericks are trying to maximize Dirk Nowitzki’s final years. Trading for Tyson Chandler was a good step, and this would be another. Parsons is a solid all-around player who immediately makes the team better.

Plus, if the Rockets match and miss out on a premier free agent, Mark Cuban can take pride in making life difficult for a rival.

  1. asimonetti88 - Jul 9, 2014 at 7:14 PM

    I thought Daryl Morey was a genius though? Isn’t that what everyone always says?

    • urallstupid - Jul 9, 2014 at 8:39 PM

      parsons, a true team player.

      • paleihe - Jul 9, 2014 at 9:52 PM

        Imagine if he tried to be a team player and had a freak Shaun Livingston type injury. Wouldn’t that suck? So yeah, I don’t fault him one bit.

        There’s no need for the entire league to figure out what Lebron or Melo are doing. At the end of the day, do what’s best for you.

      • florida727 - Jul 10, 2014 at 4:25 PM

        Totally agree with #paleihe. I’m biased. I’m a Parsons fan. I’ve watched him play as far back as high school and knew then he’s be a terrific pro. He’s just a freakish athlete. His high school teammate, Nick Calathes, got all the publicity, but I felt all along that Parsons would be the one to go further based on his talent. They used to run plays for him where they’d just throw the ball up against the backboard and let him go get it. He was a freak of nature even back then.

        I say good for him. I hope he cashes in huge, and it looks like he will. His parents are awesome. They have to be incredibly proud… and rightfully so.

    • therealhtj - Jul 9, 2014 at 9:12 PM

      In the Nerd Battle Royale, Cuban RF’s Morey.

    • elcapitan1019 - Jul 9, 2014 at 10:25 PM

      That’s what HE says, when he looks in the mirror every morning.

  2. rrhoe - Jul 9, 2014 at 7:18 PM

    Exactly what Houston deserves…..

    • chicagosports2014 - Jul 9, 2014 at 8:19 PM

      Houston drove Omer Osik price up so Bulls couldn’t sign him, now Dallas doing the same thing. hahahahahehe. KARMA IS A BYTCH

      💰

  3. yesser12 - Jul 9, 2014 at 7:20 PM

    ha ha (Nelson voice)

  4. andreboy1 - Jul 9, 2014 at 7:21 PM

    Rather pay Parsons than RuPaul Bosh

    • 00maltliquor - Jul 9, 2014 at 9:56 PM

      21 to 23 thus far. Doesn’t seem right. Let’s try this again…

      Rather pay Parsons then Chris Bosh.

  5. tibbs7 - Jul 9, 2014 at 7:23 PM

    Cubes: “This is just business Houston,” now suuuuck it!!!!

  6. antistratfordian - Jul 9, 2014 at 7:26 PM

    That’s too much for Chandler Parsons.

    • muathjam21 - Jul 9, 2014 at 7:40 PM

      If you want some Chandler you gotta give up some Parsons.

      • fm31970 - Jul 9, 2014 at 11:34 PM

        Wow, that was awful…I had to thumb it up.

  7. kingperk123 - Jul 9, 2014 at 7:34 PM

    Hey CUBAN got the money right he could still for after melo

  8. geejon - Jul 9, 2014 at 7:34 PM

    Parsons and Hayward getting $15mil per SMDH. What a world. Can you imagine what Lebron James would be worth to a team with no cap? How about hall of famers like Charles Barkley seeing these average ballplayers making this insane money. Unreal.

    • kd35usedthunder - Jul 9, 2014 at 7:50 PM

      I’d say Parsons and Hayward are at least above average.

  9. elcapitanfiscal - Jul 9, 2014 at 7:38 PM

    Mavs going to the finals!

  10. casualcommenter - Jul 9, 2014 at 7:50 PM

    2 reporters say LeBron has decided to return to Cavs tonight.

    • casualcommenter - Jul 9, 2014 at 7:51 PM

      If true, then Rockets could sign Bosh then Parsons within deadline.

      • casualcommenter - Jul 9, 2014 at 7:52 PM

        Idiotic website filter screens my comments when I include names of reporters. Sorry.

      • casualcommenter - Jul 9, 2014 at 7:53 PM

        Let’s try this. C.h.r.i.s. S.h.e.r.i.d.a.n. and T.o.n.y R.i.z.z.o

  11. sisisisisisisi - Jul 9, 2014 at 8:11 PM

    You can read the taunting here http://probasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/11/22/report-daryl-morey-taunted-mark-cuban-in-text-after-signing-dwight-howard/

    Look at the signings of Ömer Aşık and Jereny Lin by Morey, not a genius by any means.

  12. cantonb0und13 - Jul 9, 2014 at 8:33 PM

    Chandler Parsons was of the main reasons why Dwight Howard signed with Houston. Now he’s about to lose his best friend on the team. Damn, Howard is most likely leaving again after his contract is up. With all due respect to the Mavericks, I think Parsons is hoping that the Rockets match the offer; he seems to love Houston and his teammates.

    • handsomerob86 - Jul 9, 2014 at 10:18 PM

      They will match, Cuban is just trying to force Houston hand, so he can get Bosh or whoever out of it. He just wants Houston out of the game, sooner rather than later. And I am not sure why Parsons is helping Dallas, but I don’t know that I blame him either.

      • bkbell3 - Jul 10, 2014 at 9:53 AM

        Hand, 45mil. reasons for what parsons is doing this. If houston matches he gets 45mil. If they don’t he gets 45mil. and goes to a team that now is going to be very good if the mesh well. Before some of these stupid offers to average players like haywood parsons was probably looking at 8-10mil per year. You can’t turn down money like that at a young age cause you might get hurt.

      • handsomerob86 - Jul 10, 2014 at 10:32 AM

        I agree, I think it was wise to get this offer sheet while it was there. Who knows what teams are really gonna do after Lebron signs anyway. They could all decide that they don’t want a borderline all-star piece like Parsons who will probably make them unable to sign a max franchise savor like Durant in the future.

  13. davidly - Jul 9, 2014 at 8:39 PM

    Good thing Cuban can take pride in making life difficult for a rival; he sure didn’t maximize Dirk’s final years by sending Tyson Chandler away for two of them.

  14. lakerade - Jul 9, 2014 at 8:49 PM

    Awesome play by Cuban. I love Parsons’ game but no way Mitch was offering him a max. For a second tier market like Dallas, however, it’s a great pickup to maximize Dirk’s remaining years. Not having to leave Texas had to be a draw for Chandler.

  15. imakcds - Jul 9, 2014 at 8:58 PM

    who’s running that Houston front office?
    Barney Fife?
    What, you didn’t recognize him after he gave J Lin $25 mil???

  16. mrlaloosh - Jul 9, 2014 at 9:28 PM

    Houston–there’s just no there- there.

  17. 00maltliquor - Jul 9, 2014 at 9:34 PM

    Alright, DAL finally hit on someone!

    Makes me sad though, I root for H-Town too and I know they effed up. They would be better off with Parsons then Bosh, and that’s even IF they get him.

  18. campcouch - Jul 9, 2014 at 10:06 PM

    The risks you take when trying to haul in big name free agents. Some moves may cripple your team for years. 2010 saw a lot of franchises do that and are still recovering.

  19. elcapitan1019 - Jul 9, 2014 at 10:20 PM

    What goes around, comes around, Daryl, Mr. Genius. You outsmarted yourself by backloading Asik and Lin’s contracts, now that has come to bite you, too. Now, with the Parsons offer sheet, you’re caught between a rock and a hard spot. It would serve you right to lose Bosh and Parsons. And, you’ll find Asik was really nice insurance since Dwight gets into foul trouble so much. And, re: Kevin Love – fuggedaboudit, you don’t have the players to get him. Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy.

  20. elcapitan1019 - Jul 9, 2014 at 10:30 PM

    Parsons to Morey: “Hey buddy, it’s not personal, it’s just a number.”

  21. csbanter - Jul 9, 2014 at 11:21 PM

    Good move on his part, should they match for Parsons, Cuban should swoop in and sign Bosh for the Mavericks. Morey you’ve been bitten by a Shark.

  22. jadaruler - Jul 9, 2014 at 11:37 PM

    Just read the Asik isn’t official because the Pelicans are over the cap. Is this true?

    • elcapitan1019 - Jul 10, 2014 at 5:11 PM

      Yes it is. The Pels overestimated the cap, and are less than $100,000 over, but if it’s a penny over, they are over. So, the $8.3 cap hit stays on the Rockets books, at least until they work something out.

  23. lhollis74 - Jul 10, 2014 at 1:48 AM

    This is most funny to me because it won’t be long before everyone, including HOU fans, see that Dwight shouldn’t be a max contract guy. He plays great defense and rebounds very well, but offensively doesn’t bring the goods. Even if the rockets landed Carmelo and had three max players, between Harden, Melo and Howard, who would be seen as the player whose production didn’t match the contract? Really, Howard should be getting that 15mil for 4 to 6 years, Parsons I’m sure would take about 12 or so in order to stay in Houston.

    • bkbell3 - Jul 10, 2014 at 10:02 AM

      Ihollis74, what are you smoking? Howard is a little limited on offense but he averages 18+ per as the third or fourth option and plays both sides of the ball and you don’t think he is worth 15mil per year? smdh. Tyson chandler makes 15mil per year for god’s sake and he sucks and i’m a knicks fan.pau gasal who I like very much and is lauded for his offense only averages 16-18 points and is about half the defender and rebounder that howard is and he makes 19mil.

  24. lhollis74 - Jul 10, 2014 at 1:27 PM

    First, is not Tyson chandler overpaid? Secondly, both he and pau were previous years champions when those deals were inked(gasol may have been a year removed). Thirdly, I’m not saying Howard is not great, what I’m trying to get across is the impact his salary has on the roster as compared to his production. In my opinion a max player should have the ability to be a big impact on both ends of the floor and shouldn’t have to be protected by being sat down in the fourth quarter, ever! Perhaps a great third piece undoubtedly, but not the highest paid player on your team that would hypothetically include Harden and Carmelo. Now with Houston being eliminated from the Melo lottery, I’m guessing parsons will be back, no harm no foul and Howard will resume his spot at number two in pecking order on that HOU squad.
    Unless Chris Bosh goes home…

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