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Chandler Parsons: Rockets told me to pursue big contract, they’d match

Jul 24, 2014, 2:55 PM EDT

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Chandler Parsons took offense to the Rockets’ approach to free agency.

Really, he should take offense to comments by Dwight Howard and James Harden.

But Parsons is mainly irked by Houston’s search for a third star when he felt he could be that player. In the end, though, the Rockets’ decision not to match the Mavericks’ offer sheet had nothing to do with Carmelo Anthony or Chris Bosh. Those bigger stars were already headed back to their current teams before Houston had to decide on Parsons.

This simply came down to the Rockets not believing Parsons warranted a near-max contract.

However, their pre-free agency statements to Parsons – according to him, at least – took a different tone.

Parsons on KESN-FM 103.3, as transcribed The Dallas Morning News:

Before this whole process started, they had told me ‘You’ve earned this. You deserve this. Go and sign the best deal for your career. Just know in the back of your mind that we plan on matching.’ Throughout the process, I definitely thought they were gonna match the contract.

Maybe Rockets general manager Daryl Morey just underestimated the size of the offer sheet he’d have to match. Or maybe he was just playing nice long before facing a tough decision.

Either way, this runs counter to the idea the Rockets declined Parsons’ team option contingent on him waiting to re-sign with them. Morey apparently understood the reality of this situation: Parsons – like any player – would be foolish to pass up a huge guaranteed offer based on the promise of a similar deal later. Take the money when you know it’s there.

But between then and Parsons signing with Dallas, something changed – and the Rockets’ offseason went down the tubes.

  1. sportsfan18 - Jul 24, 2014 at 3:02 PM

    Morey’s Magic 8 ball told him not to match.

    • au1978 - Jul 24, 2014 at 3:21 PM

      Common sense told Morey not to match. I think he, like just about everybody else who watches basketball, expected Parsons to get $12 million max. I actually remember posting that he was worth at least $10 or $11milion on this site and getting a bunch of thumbs down. Parsons is solid, but Cuban’s offer was nuts.

      • duhwighthoward - Jul 24, 2014 at 10:06 PM

        What will you say when the Mavericks have a better season than Rockets?

      • urodaddy07 - Jul 26, 2014 at 12:21 AM

        So common sense didn’t tell him (Morey) to just pick up the option in the final year of Parson’s rookie contract. He would have had him for 2mil

    • urallstupid - Jul 24, 2014 at 4:25 PM

      “we plan on matching” well thats all i needed to read in this article. PLANS CHANGE DUMB@SS

    • apkyletexas - Jul 24, 2014 at 7:21 PM

      The ability to get the same production from Ariza at half the money is probably what told Morey not to match.

  2. mazblast - Jul 24, 2014 at 3:03 PM

    Management tells you something, and you believe it? That’s the height of naivete in any business, especially anything involving entertainment.

  3. 2016olympics - Jul 24, 2014 at 3:08 PM

    Which begs the question…did Dallas really want Parsons to begin with? Or was their plan to stick Houston with a bad contract, only to see it backfire on them?

    • imakcds - Jul 24, 2014 at 3:20 PM

      I’m not into negative conspiracy type theories.
      Looks to me like The Mavs are putting together a very competitive team.

      • fanofthegame79 - Jul 24, 2014 at 3:33 PM

        I agree. I think they’ve had the best off-season of any team so far. They’ve bolstered their starting line up and their bench. You can’t go wrong with what they’ve done. I’d be willing to bet that they’ll be higher than the 8 seed this upcoming season.

      • 2016olympics - Jul 24, 2014 at 3:34 PM

        Not a conspiracy…I think it’s a legitimate question. Cuban and the Mavs had an idea of whether or not Houston was going to match. And that likelihood (however much or little), had to play a role here. If they felt very confident that Houston would match no matter what, then there is actually an incentive for Dallas to give a bigger offer.

        To me it seems like a combination of both. Dallas wanted to stick Houston with a very difficult decision, and Dallas could “live with the results” either way.

        However, I think Houston is the real winner here, because they ended up with Ariza at a much more reasonable price.

      • apkyletexas - Jul 24, 2014 at 10:31 PM

        The only team Cuban hates enough to stick it to like that is the Spurs. The competition between the Mavs and Rockets is more like big brother to little brother.

  4. sumkat - Jul 24, 2014 at 3:14 PM

    I think they thought they would of added someone else (specifically Melo) before they had to match Parsons. If that would of happened, I think they would of went into the tax to match Parsons.

    I think they would of overpaid him to be the 4th guy, but they didn’t want to have him as the 3rd guy, because they don’t think that is a championship team. After all, unless Parson’s game improves drastically, they would basically be stuck with last years teams. They could move around depth players, but they’d no longer be in a position to sign a big time guy

    Came down to, they think they are in a better position to win a title with Harden, Howard, and the ability to add another max/near max guy, than they would of been with Harden, Howard, and Parsons for the next few years. If that is true or not, we’ll have to see. If Houston doesn’t make some kind of run next year, they may a not look as attractive as other up and coming teams. They may never add that 3rd guy. But maybe they do.

    Considering why I think they let him go, I can’t really say if it was a good decision right now. If they don’t add a guy next year either, it was a bad decision. if they do, it depends on the guy, so I’d have to reserve my opinion again until I see how the new guy meshed

  5. ProBasketballPundit - Jul 24, 2014 at 3:24 PM

    Does anybody see any parallels between James Harden & Parsons? Both of them could have been retained for the final year of their rookie contract and nearly no cost to the team… instead they were both voluntarily moved to new teams because their former team didn’t want to foot the bill. Harden went on to be a lot better than we all thought (at least offensively). Will Parsons ball out for the Mavericks and make Houston regret letting him go? At the very least they’ll regret not keeping him this season for $1 million.

    • paleihe - Jul 24, 2014 at 3:48 PM

      Not exercising their option for 1 mil was absolutely idiotic.

  6. shadowgamesshades - Jul 24, 2014 at 3:54 PM

    Parsons should be happy. He’s getting paid and doesn’t have to play with the bearded ballhog who doesn’t defend and the whiny man-child anyone.

    • shadowgamesshades - Jul 24, 2014 at 3:55 PM


  7. antistratfordian - Jul 24, 2014 at 4:10 PM

    Well, Chandler, they only said that they planned on matching – they didn’t say they were going to match. Plans can change.

  8. simonwelds - Jul 24, 2014 at 4:48 PM

    They had him for 900k this year….

    • 4thquartermagic - Jul 24, 2014 at 5:52 PM

      EXACTLY! Houston is loving how this fact is being forgotten. The story is “Parsons is not worth the contract” or “Me and Dwight are the stars, everyone else is a role player.”

      Well he was due role player money but Houston decided not to activate that option.

      No matter how well Parson does next year, he will be worth 900K.

  9. philyeagles5 - Jul 24, 2014 at 4:52 PM

    If they got Bosh, they would’ve gotten Parsons.

    • sportsfan18 - Jul 24, 2014 at 6:21 PM

      yep, but facts confuse folks so they disregard them

      • 4thquartermagic - Jul 24, 2014 at 7:04 PM

        Facts you say?

        If they exercised their team option, they would have had Parsons for 900k.

      • seansull83 - Jul 24, 2014 at 11:28 PM

        They paid more for Ariza because they let Parsons test Free Agency rather than use thier option. Like a lot more for Ariza, bad move.

      • urodaddy07 - Jul 26, 2014 at 12:24 AM

        They could have retained Parsons for cheap an d still chase Bosh. Who’s ignoring the facts?

  10. kastout11 - Jul 25, 2014 at 9:19 AM

    Parsons did exactly what I would have done. He got a huge contract and made as much money as he could. Maybe his is a little overpaid, but he will be a star in a couple of years, if not sooner.

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