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Mark Cuban and Chandler Parsons apparently celebrating his offer sheet (photo)

Jul 10, 2014, 1:25 AM EDT

Chandler Parsons planned to sign an offer sheet with the Mavericks. That was known.

But the timing was critical.

Mark your clock at 1:02 a.m. — give or take a few minutes when Parsons actually signed the deal and Dallas emailed it to the Rockets.

I figure Mark Cuban and Parsons didn’t celebrate until that was done.

The Rockets have 72 hours to match. If they match, Parsons counts against the cap at his 2014-15 salary ($14,746,000 if a max offer sheet), and Houston is essentially out of the picture for elite free agents like Carmelo Anthony and Chris Bosh. (Melo is probably unavailable regardless.)

Until then, Parsons’ cap hold is $2,875,130. That gives the the Rockets, especially if they trade Jeremy Lin, leeway to work.

Essentially, Houston has three days to pare down its roster and then convince Bosh to accept less than a max contract.

How many players do the Rockets need to deal? How much can they convince to Bosh to sacrifice? Can they convince him to leave Miami at all?

If the Rockets want to keep Parsons, they have 72 hours to answer those tough questions and then match Dallas’ offer.

  1. chicagosports2014 - Jul 10, 2014 at 1:29 AM

    🍻 Cheers!

  2. RavenzGunnerz - Jul 10, 2014 at 1:31 AM

    If Htown doesn’t get Bosh. That’s bad. Real bad.

  3. cantonb0und13 - Jul 10, 2014 at 1:39 AM

    That awkward moment when HOU matches… Either way Cuban probably doesn’t give a f***. Have some beers.

    • bdachan12 - Jul 10, 2014 at 1:44 AM

      Yep he doesn’t really care. I’m sure part of the reason for offer is just to troll Morey.

      • cantonb0und13 - Jul 10, 2014 at 1:51 AM

        No of course he wants Parsons, obviously. I met if HOU ends matching the offer, Cuban would understand but still wants to have couple beers with Parsons. Parsons is one of the coolest guys in the league, I met him before a really laid back person.

      • money2long - Jul 10, 2014 at 4:18 AM

        The reply is a better comment than original post. And makes more sense. Get off the site you fake.

    • urodaddy07 - Jul 10, 2014 at 5:03 PM

      Ifs a win-win for Cuban. He either gets Parsons – good and improving player; and more importantly a very good defender OR he Houston puts themselves into a very uncomfortable situation.

  4. campcouch - Jul 10, 2014 at 1:49 AM

    Parsons my man, you became a RFA at the right time! And it’s not like he was offered that by a struggling team. Either way he gets paid and still plays in a income tax free state with a playoff team…although I think he’d thrive alongside Dirk. I gets money!

  5. bdachan12 - Jul 10, 2014 at 1:55 AM

    I believe I read that Morey sent Cuban a text after Howard choose Houston over Dallas. It shows that Morey isn’t as bright as he gets credit for. Don’t f*** with rich people who hold grudges.

    • antistratfordian - Jul 10, 2014 at 2:41 AM

      We are still talking about Chandler Parsons, right? It’s not like the Rockets are about to lose great players like Harden or Howard or their chance at Bosh. Parsons is expendable.

      • money2long - Jul 10, 2014 at 4:20 AM

        So r u

      • ranfan12 - Jul 10, 2014 at 5:42 AM

        haha damn

      • handsomerob86 - Jul 10, 2014 at 10:42 AM

        Well, I don’t know about expendable… Parsons is the kind of player you need to win a chip. Without him Houston has two holes rather than one (stretch 4)…

      • antistratfordian - Jul 10, 2014 at 5:09 PM

        I disagree. At that price you let him walk without hesitation. I’d kick him out the door if he asked for 14 million a year. That’s as much as LeBron was making his first year in Miami! Not even close to being worth it.

      • Hard On For Harden - Jul 10, 2014 at 5:19 PM


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  6. crillbill - Jul 10, 2014 at 3:35 AM

    I don’t think this is correct. They can sign bosh, deal Lin and resign Parsons and still be under the cap. Houston knew this was happening and allowed this whole procedure to happen.

    • bdachan12 - Jul 10, 2014 at 3:41 AM

      Simple math tells you it isn’t possible to sign those 4 players and be under the cap. Cap is $63m. Howard $22m, Harden $15m, Bosh $22m, Parsons $15m = $74m.

      • rohlo - Jul 10, 2014 at 4:28 AM

        actually if thye do it in the right order they can..if parsons is the last signign and bosh agrees i nthe 72 housrs then when the rockets match thye can use his bird rights and it doesnt effect the cap..if he is singed before bosh the rockets cant afford boh..bosh has to be the first domino to fall in hosuton after the asik and lin trades.

    • rohlo - Jul 10, 2014 at 4:26 AM

      YEAH the way it brekas down is the rockets have to sign bosh before the 72 hrs are up.they have to trade lin,which is already agreed with 76ers and the asik deal goes thru with new orleans,then they sign bosh before parsons because his contract is still at 2 million unti lhis new deal is official.then the rockets can resign him usign his brid rights and they won have a penalty with the luxury tax… if they match parsons first they then wouldnt have the cap room becasue parsons contract isnt 2 million anymore it jumps up to the what the offer is from dallas if they macth essentially taken them out of any big free agent name signings… morey has got alot of work to do this next 72 hours..if anyone can do it,it is him…rememebr what he did before the draft last offseason tradign left and right movign things around to get howard.

      • rrhoe - Jul 10, 2014 at 6:15 AM

        Sixers haven’t agreed to nothing as of yet.

      • bougin89 - Jul 10, 2014 at 10:57 AM

        You still have to pay the luxury tax if you resign someone using bird rights. That isn’t correct, unless I interpreted your comment incorrectly.

        The salary cap exceptions don’t exclude you from paying luxury tax, they just allow you to go over the soft cap.

    • bougin89 - Jul 10, 2014 at 10:49 AM

      If they work out a sign and trade for Bosh, it works pretty easy, as long as they are willing to actually cut the checks…

  7. k3nn3k - Jul 10, 2014 at 3:42 AM

    If this is real. ..Morey won’t match the deal. Parsons is partying with Cuban, enemy numero uno.

    • bigmeechy74 - Jul 10, 2014 at 11:55 AM

      If it’s real? what do you think? It’s an elaborate hoax?

  8. dylude - Jul 10, 2014 at 3:42 AM

    The simplest solution is to add Miami to the Pelicans/Asia trade and ship Miami the Pelicans pick, one of HOU future first, Donatas and Lin for a S&T for Bosh.

    Riley either loses Bosh for nothing or gets 2 first round picks, Donatas and Lin’s expiring deal.

    Really simple. Then you match Parsons or sign Paul Pierce before you execute the S&T and after you renounce Parsons.

    I don’t see the problem here national media. It’s still all about LeBron and not about Morey. He has plans A, B, & C.

  9. dylude - Jul 10, 2014 at 3:45 AM

    The simplest solution is to add Miami to the Pelicans/Asik trade and ship Miami the Pelicans pick, one of HOU future first, Donatas and Lin for a S&T for Bosh at 5 years $110.

    Riley either loses Bosh for nothing or gets 2 first round picks, Donatas and Lin’s expiring deal.

    Really simple. Then you match Parsons or sign Paul Pierce before you execute the S&T and after you renounce Parsons.

    I don’t see the problem here national media. It’s still all about LeBron and not about Morey. He has plans A, B, & C.

  10. dylude - Jul 10, 2014 at 3:49 AM

    If all works out Morey could renounce Parsons, sign Pierce/Deng/Ariza around $8 mil/year and still get Bosh via S&T weeks later.

    Dwight / Bosh / Deng or Pierce / Harden / Beverley

    I’ll take it. Bye Parsons.

    • smoothaswilkes - Jul 10, 2014 at 4:36 AM

      You think Ariza or Deng is signing for 8 million after Parsons and Hayward get max offers? Not going to happen, sorry.

      Deng already turned down 12 million and Ariza is looking to get 10-12 million after his contract year. And even Pierce has already stated he’s looking for 9-10 million per on a two year deal. Heck, with the money flying out the door those guys are probably trying to get their 14 million per. And there will be plenty of teams that offer lots more that 8 million for any of those guys as teams miss out on either Melo or LeBron.

      Bosh is the most likely candidate for Houston but that’s only if LeBron leaves Miami. And, even then, they can’t offer a max contract over the four years with all their finangling. They’d be a bit over 5 million short of a max offer.

    • raidmagic - Jul 10, 2014 at 8:13 AM

      If Frye got 8 million a year there is no way any of the guys you just listed sign for 8 mil.

    • elcapitan1019 - Jul 10, 2014 at 9:43 AM

      What makes you think Bosh will come via sign and trade? Who are the Rockets going to offer? They have a weird roster as it is. And, what makes you think Pierce, Deng or Ariza would take $8 million?

      This isn’t Fantasy League, sonny.

  11. rrhoe - Jul 10, 2014 at 6:29 AM

    Signing contracts at “da club”,now that’s how to get a player!!!

  12. davidly - Jul 10, 2014 at 7:04 AM

    Whatever. Had the dope been smart enough to pay the other Chandler two years ago, he might have been more than just a one-hit-wonder.

  13. elcapitan1019 - Jul 10, 2014 at 9:40 AM

    This is the sequence the Rockets have to follow in order to get Parsons AND Bosh to max contracts:

    They have until Sunday at 1:02am as their window
    1. They have to get a commitment from Bosh, who is waiting for LBJ to make a decision.
    2. They then have to trade Lin to get his salary off their books. Looks like Sam Hinkie, ever the loyal lackey, is going to do his former boss a favor.
    3. They then have to sign Bosh.
    4. Match the Mavs for Parsons.

    All this within 72 hours.

  14. haaaaasoooooo - Jul 10, 2014 at 9:57 AM

    Does anyone else think that this is an INSANE amount to pay Parsons?

    • bkbell3 - Jul 10, 2014 at 11:00 AM

      Yes it is, but you have to over pay to get RESTRICTED free agents away from their team and Dallas and Houston don’t seem to be big free agent destinations either. Look at Charlotte way over paying to pry Haywood from Utah. Haywood had 16-5-5 last year but shot 41% from the field and 30% from the 3. His shooting numbers have gone down every year as his usage has gone up. I think his per is under 15 or close to that and he gets a max offer? smdh . With these salaries going up like this the owners in a few years are going to opt out of the cba and cry poverty and want protection from themselves again.

    • bougin89 - Jul 10, 2014 at 11:03 AM

      Yes, but this is the NBA. The CBA allows(and almost encourages, really) young guys like Parsons to get overpaid while guys like Lebron James aren’t able to be paid what they are truly worth compared to their colleagues…

  15. jsala02 - Jul 10, 2014 at 10:29 AM

    If Houston does not match, does not sign Bosh, they still have a better team than Dallas. I guess Cuban is celebrating the 6th seed in as opposed to the 8th.

  16. ybizzel - Jul 10, 2014 at 5:33 PM

    The only reason Cuban made this offer is to screw the Rockets which is a very smart idea. Thry can either have Bosh or Parsons not both. If they keep Parsons the Mavs can beat and if they choose Bosh the Mavs can still beat em. Either way it’s a win for Dallas

  17. mackcarrington - Jul 10, 2014 at 7:45 PM

    How come Dallas never gets the TOP TIER free agents?

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