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Report: Houston Rockets will not match Mavericks’ Chandler Parsons’ offer, he’s Dallas bound

Jul 13, 2014, 6:34 PM EDT

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The Dallas Mavericks gambit paid off.

They signed Chandler Parsons to an offer sheet as soon as they could (in a bar after midnight, apparently) to put pressure on a Rockets team at the time still waiting on the LeBron James/Chris Bosh saga to play out. When everything shook out Houston was left without a third star.

However, getting that third star is their goal so they will not match the offer for Parsons, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

The Houston Rockets declined to match a three-year, $46 million offer sheet for restricted free agent Chandler Parsons, clearing the way for him to join the Dallas Mavericks, league sources told Yahoo Sports….

Houston ultimately decided the contract would be too crippling for the franchise’s cap flexibility and make it more difficult to construct a championship roster around Dwight Howard and James Harden. Houston is executing a sign-and-trade agreement with Washington as part of its four year, $32 million deal with free agent forward Trevor Ariza, a league sources said.

Parsons tweeted that the Rockets told him what was happening.

The structure of Parsons’ deal was going to tie the hands of the Rockets going forward, something GM Daryl Morey did not want. Dallas, with Dirk Nowitzki, is all about winning right now. Without Bosh the Rockets still see themselves as constructing the core of their roster.

Dallas now has a very interesting and dangerous roster — Monta Ellis at the two, Parsons at the three, Nowitzki at the four and Tyson Chandler at the five. There are questions about Raymond Felton at the point and if he can bounce back after an ugly season with the Knicks (the solid Devin Harris backs him up) and the Mavs depth with Vince Carter bound for Memphis. Still, this is an improved Mavs team (one that already took the Spurs to seven games).

However, this likely means the end of Shawn Marion in Dallas.

For Houston… this has been a rough offseason. This is still a good team with James Harden and Dwight Howard and nice players around them like Patrick Beverly and Terrence Jones, not to mention the just-signed Ariza. They didn’t land the stars they wanted, but it’s better for them to be patient and get the guys they want than to overspend on others. Patience can be good.

But Parsons will be missed.

  1. campcouch - Jul 13, 2014 at 9:15 PM

    This may be the end of any super teams formed via free agency. Drafting will become a scout and GM’s duty once again,not watching players on other franchises for 4 years. The money doesn’t work out, the belief that the city is attractive to everyone and discounting a player’s personal wants has finally come to the forefront in the league. Since 2008 I can think of a few teams who damaged their franchises trying to land names (Knicks,Dallas,Nets,Lakers,Cavs and now Houston). So far the only ones that seem to have recovered has been Dallas and by a miracle Cleveland. Yeah,I know NYK has Melo and the Nets by some voodoo have cobbled together a team with an old KG,an aging Johnson and injury prone Lopez and Williams,but those are teams that will be different in 2 years.

    Parsons made out. Paid, staying tax-free and playing with Dirk, Ellis and Chandler will give him a chance to show his skills. Now $15 mil skills? We’ll need to see that,but for the time being he’s found his way on a team that’s much better than the one he left.

    • foz0606 - Jul 13, 2014 at 10:04 PM

      Much better than the one he left? Last I checked, Houston won 54 games while Dallas won 49. Howard is 28 while Harden is 24. Dirk just turned 36 less than a month ago. You tell me which team has a brighter future. Hint: it’s not where Parsons just went to. I like Mark Cuban, but he just wasted Dirk’s last few years on a team that’s good, but not good enough.

      • campcouch - Jul 13, 2014 at 11:04 PM

        Harden,Ariza,Howard and Beverly vs Dirk,Parsons,Ellis and Chandler…I’d take Dallas. Now if Houston kept Parsons,Lin and finished the Asik deal with something, I’d go Houston,but right now, Dallas has taken a step over the Rockets as of now. That will change after Dirk retires but I’ll put my money on him hitting free throws or Ellis nailing a GW jumper over Dwight or Harden.

      • foz0606 - Jul 13, 2014 at 11:25 PM

        Well let’s see – Harden and Howard command attention while Dirk is the only one from that group that does. Stars win, not role players. Harden/Ellis/Dirk/Parsons play no defense. So again, where is the disparity here? You go ask any New York fan and they’ll tell you that Tyson has been average the last couple of years. Of course, reputation is what people go by instead of actually watching them play, so I can understand why you believe Tyson is the guy from his first stint in Dallas. Neither team as of now has what it takes to win the title. There isn’t enough outside of Harden/Howard for Houston while Dallas’ core has already maxed out.

      • musician0785 - Jul 14, 2014 at 1:10 AM

        Monta Ellis doesn’t command attention?

      • foz0606 - Jul 14, 2014 at 2:25 AM

        Does Monta make the game easier for everyone else while getting his own? No. Pretty much a slasher. There isn’t any unique qualities about him. It’s what makes most star players. Not that he can’t get his own offense, mind you.

    • jpthecyberhedgehog - Jul 14, 2014 at 8:20 AM

      Dallas didn’t ruin there team trying to bring in stars. Remember they won the NBA Finals in 2011 against a dubbed ‘Super Team’ in the Miami Heat. Houston hasn’t really ruined themselves yet. It has only been a year since Howard joined. The Rockets have a lot of potential.
      The Nets messed up pretty bad I will agree. Last season they pissed away money like no other team.
      The Knicks had an flukey season. Most of there players got hurt.
      I dislike ‘Super Teams’ because it removes the competition from the game.
      You made a good point though.

      • foz0606 - Jul 14, 2014 at 6:13 PM

        Even Mark Cuban knew that the Dallas team that won in ’11 caught lightning in a bottle. Dirk was flat out amazing and nearly the whole team played well all at the same time. He was smart in trying to go in a new direction given the new CBA, he just hasn’t had any luck luring in another star(simply because Dirk is 36 now). Both the Mavs and Rockets have the correct idea in mind, problem is simply that neither has seen their plan all the way through.

      • jpthecyberhedgehog - Jul 14, 2014 at 6:39 PM

        That is true, as a Dallas fan myself I was a little stunned when Dallas won. What I don’t understand is why Dallas isn’t attracting big stars. Dallas has a smart owner in Cuban who supplies the team with the best training equipment and will do anything for the team. While other owners are in ties and suits in their boxes Cuban is in a T-Shirt and jeans in the front row. Even though Dirk is aging, he is still talented. This team is getting younger and younger (except for Dirk) and they are headed in the right direction. Dallas also has a loyal fanbase. I’m not sure what isn’t attracting bigger stars to Dallas.

      • foz0606 - Jul 15, 2014 at 3:23 AM

        It’s not complicated – Dirk is up there in age. If he was, say 28, I feel they would of gotten Deron a couple of years ago(huge bullet dodged there) unless he wanted no part of playing in his hometown(lot of athletes say similar things cause of friends/family members bothering them nonstop). Owners, GM’s and all that stuff is secondary to players since they don’t help on the court. It’s nothing that Cuban is doing wrong.

  2. sisisisisisisi - Jul 13, 2014 at 9:36 PM

    2 years from now and with a new TV deal, the salary will be out of this world. Just wait and see some of these deals in the range of $25-$30 million annually.

    • bkbell3 - Jul 14, 2014 at 1:15 PM

      bird,dennis johnson,mchale and the chief 4 hall of famers=superteam. magic,worthy,jabbar,big 3, hall of famers= superteam etc. etc,etc.

  3. sportsfan18 - Jul 13, 2014 at 11:02 PM

    Abort, Abort, Abort…

    Houston, we’ve aborted the launch of the Rockets this season…

    Back to the drawing board…

  4. lakerade - Jul 13, 2014 at 11:27 PM

    I think Dallas will be more exciting to watch next season. Parsons is an upgrade from Vince and they added more defense in Chandler. Houston downgraded to Ariza and lost depth at two positions, guys who at worst were steady. Dirk is happy, Dwight is not.

  5. jpthecyberhedgehog - Jul 14, 2014 at 8:27 AM

    Monta attracts plenty of attention mind you. His freakish athleticism around the hoop and his ability to convert on the toughest of shots attracts attention. Monta is in his prime. Sure, he may not play like Lebron or Kobe (in Kobe’s prime) because he isn’t as good as them, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t good. Monta can be a ball hog, he will be doubled up and still drive to the rim and convert. He helps his teammates as well. He will drive to the hoop and have three players converge on him, then dish it out to a wide open player who will bang the shot. I’m not sure Dirk attracts as much attention anymore. He has changed from a post up guy to more a catch and shoot. He is still good and gets attention, just not as much as earlier in his career. The point is, Monta attracts attention.

  6. biggredbird76 - Jul 14, 2014 at 10:48 AM

    Go check to see who shot the three better

  7. 8to80texansblog - Jul 14, 2014 at 11:35 AM


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