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Chandler Parsons offended how the Rockets treated him in free agency

Discussion in 'Houston Rockets: Game Action & Roster Moves' started by J.R., Jul 14, 2014.

  1. J.R.

    J.R. Contributing Member

    Jun 30, 2008
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    <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>New Mavericks forward Chandler Parsons tells Yahoo he was &quot;offended&quot; by how the Rockets treated him in free agency. <a href="http://t.co/A0bGoil3QW">http://t.co/A0bGoil3QW</a></p>&mdash; Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) <a href="https://twitter.com/SpearsNBAYahoo/statuses/488886544216772609">July 15, 2014</a></blockquote>
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    [rQUOTEr]LAS VEGAS – Chandler Parsons was "offended" when the Houston Rockets went searching in free agency for a third star in LeBron James, Chris Bosh or Carmelo Anthony instead of sticking with him. Now the former Rockets forward is ecstatic to be a third star with the Dallas Mavericks, and a lot richer, too.

    "Honestly, I was offended by the whole process," Parsons told Yahoo Sports on Monday in a phone interview. "They publicly said that they were going out looking for a third star when I thought they had one right in front of them. I guess that's just how they viewed me as a player. I don't think I've scratched the surface of where I can be as a player and I think I'm ready for that role.

    "You can't knock them for always trying to get better. [Houston general manager] Daryl Morey is very aggressive, is a genius, a great GM and I have nothing but respect for those guys. And they are looking to make their team better. That's what they were doing. I just thought I could be that guy that could do that."

    Parsons averaged 16.6 points, 5.5 rebounds and four assists with the Rockets last season as the third scorer behind James Harden and Dwight Howard. Quietly, Parsons was hoping for a bigger role offensively. The Rockets gave Parsons an opportunity to explore free agency as a restricted free agent by opting out of the final year of his deal that would've paid him $964,750.

    The Rockets went after marquee players like James, Anthony, and Bosh when free agency began. While the Mavericks were interested in Anthony, too, they quickly convinced Parsons to agree to a three-year, $46 million offer sheet with a third-year player option and a 15 percent trade kicker, a source said. Parsons signed the offer sheet on the first day free agents were able to on July 10 in his hometown of Orlando with Mavericks owner Mark Cuban by his side.

    "They really showed how much they cared for me," Parsons said. "They didn't want me to wait for Bosh. They didn't want me to wait for 'Melo. They came forward first."

    While the Rockets had the option to match, Cuban was confident in the Mavs' maneuver.

    "We knew based on the numbers they were going to have to make some tough choices," Cuban said before the Mavericks' summer league game on Monday.

    James left the Miami Heat to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Anthony and Bosh stayed with the Knicks and Heat respectively. The Rockets, through a sign-and-trade deal, agreed to terms with free-agent small forward Trevor Ariza for three years and $32 million. And on Sunday, the Rockets decided that Parsons' contract was too expensive and didn't match.

    "Throughout the whole process they pretty much told me they were going to match everything," Parsons said. "I understand it's a business. I understand they had to do what they thought was best for their organization. It definitely caught me off-guard a little bit."

    Parsons said he is close with Cuban, loves Dallas and added that he believes he can compete with a championship in Dallas with Dirk Nowitzki and Monta Ellis.

    "Dallas is the perfect match to where I am in my career," Parsons said. "It's where I can take that next step. They have a great organization. Mark is the best owner in all of sports. I get a chance to play with Dirk for however much longer he has. It will be unbelievable to learn and grown from him and the guys they have.

    "We got a chance to win. Coach [Rick] Carlisle is the best coach in the NBA. It's the perfect situation for me. I'm ready for more leadership. I'm ready for a bigger role. They came at me with a high max offer and viewed me as a franchise player. That's what I wanted."

    Parsons played a strong role in convincing Howard to sign as a free agent with the Rockets last summer. They could be free agents in 2016. And if things go well in Dallas, don't be surprised if Parsons tries to convince Howard to join him.

    "I'm the best recruiter in the NBA," Parsons said. "Whatever Mark and the Mavericks need, they got me to do that."

    He was viewed as one of the NBA's most underpaid players, but under his new deal he will earn a raise of over $14 million next season. Parsons is scheduled to be in Dallas on Tuesday to take a physical and sign paperwork.

    Despite feeling slighted by the Rockets, Parsons said he has "nothing but respect" for his former club after playing his first three NBA seasons in Houston. He also said he will remain close with his ex-teammates, Houston coach Kevin McHale and assistant coach J.B. Bickerstaff.

    "They gave me my first opportunity,” Parsons said. "They believed in me. They drafted me. I have nothing but love and respect for them. They will have a special place in my heart. The fans were unbelievable and I hope they have no hard feelings. I had to do what is best for my career. "[/rQUOTEr]
  2. Aaron_D

    Aaron_D Member

    May 1, 2009
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    I was offended with how he got out-played by Nicolas Batum in the Portland series, so I guess we're even.
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  3. ShiniKashi

    ShiniKashi Member

    Feb 11, 2008
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    Stars don't let Damien Lillard make them a bitch on a last second play.
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  4. rex

    rex Member

    Aug 8, 2013
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    No wonder they didn't match.
  5. LC Rox Fan

    LC Rox Fan Member

    Jul 14, 2012
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    Offended for letting him get paid a season early :rolleyes:
  6. Ming The King

    Ming The King Member

    Dec 9, 2002
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    Chandler Parsons @ChandlerParsons · 13 de jul.
    Just heard from @dmorey and Mr. Alexander. Nothing but utmost respect for them, the fans and city of Houston. THANK YOU for your support!

    So, this tweet was not true, Chandler

    Go party with your new friend
  7. Carl Herrera

    Carl Herrera Contributing Member

    Feb 16, 2007
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    Asik, Lin, now Parsons. Who is the next player for Morey to offend?

    Anyway, if you read the full article, I don't think he meant offended in the sense of personal animosity, just feeling that management undervalued and underestimated him. He did praise Morey for being a "genius" and said he had nothing but respect for him. Difference in opinion, I guess.

    Mark Cuban and Rick Carlisle appear to be of the same opinion as Parsons-- they said so and bet $46m on this opinion. We'll see soon enough who is right about this. You might disagree with them, but these guys did win a title in 2011 so I wouldn't totally dismiss their thoughts on this issue.
    #7 Carl Herrera, Jul 14, 2014
    Last edited: Jul 14, 2014
  8. IzakDavid13

    IzakDavid13 Contributing Member

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    I was offended by the way he signed with Cuban & the Mavs after Morey did him a solid by letting him out of his cheap contract.
  9. Shawndme7

    Shawndme7 Contributing Member

    Jun 16, 2002
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    shots fired. **** you pal
  10. Phillyrocket

    Phillyrocket Member

    Jun 12, 2002
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    You're not a star Parsons.
  11. Pieman2005

    Pieman2005 Member

    Sep 30, 2009
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    He is overrating himself
  12. Harden2Dwight

    Harden2Dwight Member

    Aug 9, 2013
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    cant wait to see ariza shut this clown down again.

    im booing this dude everytime he touches the ball when we play the mavs at toyota center
  13. Pete Chilcutt

    Pete Chilcutt Contributing Member

    Jan 28, 2009
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    "I'm the best recruiter in the NBA"

    Roh oh..
  14. sirbaihu

    sirbaihu Member

    Nov 2, 2006
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    He thought he was on Melo/Bosh level? SMDH (that's the first time I ever SMDH)
  15. TISNF

    TISNF Member

    May 25, 2010
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    Well at least Morey and Less are doing the un-Gilbert which is a great move. Never know how things may turn out in a couple years (see: Ariza; Brooks; Sam Mack).
  16. apollo33

    apollo33 Member

    Feb 27, 2009
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    im offended that hes offended

    why would he be offended if we were gonna match him for sure if we did get /bosh and melo.

    does he honestly think he is on the level of lerbon and melo
  17. Pete the Cheat

    Jun 30, 2006
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    When you choose to taste the little d your opinion means nothing to me...
  18. Karolik

    Karolik Member

    Jan 29, 2010
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    and Parsons

  19. Haymitch

    Haymitch Contributing Member

    Dec 22, 2005
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    If he didn't get outplayed by his counterpart in the Portland series, his "I'm a star" line would be more believable.
  20. ksny15

    ksny15 Member

    Mar 9, 2013
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    It's funny Houston fans are now underrating Parsons and he's overrating himself
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