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Chandler Parsons
Chandler Parsons
Position: F
Born: 10/25/88
Height: 6-9 / 2.06
Weight:227 lbs. / 103 kg.
Salary:
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On the loss of free agent Chandler Parsons: Cuban: “I’m still good friends with Chandler. We talked about it after he signed with Memphis. We exchanged texts and stayed friends and committed to stay friends. I like him a lot but there were other things other than basketball that went into the decision. And Chandler was aware of them and he made his decision. We gave him some options and he went in a different direction. That was his choice and I respect it and again, I think he’s a great guy and I hope he has a great season other than the four games we play him.”
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Chandler Parsons is clearly happy that his Memphis Grizzlies teammate, Mike Conley, just signed the largest contract in NBA history … but he’s not that impressed. FYI, Conley just inked a 5-year $153 MILLION deal … despite never making an NBA All-Star team. So, what does Parsons say to the people who claim Conley’s being wayyy overpaid? “It’s the market,” Chandler said … “The TV … the money’s going up. Everyone’s gonna be getting that.”
You had max offers and meetings with the Trail Blazers and Grizzlies in the first 24 hours of free agency. You committed to Memphis on the spot after that meeting. Why Memphis over Portland? Parsons: It was a very, very tough decision. I have nothing but respect for Portland and what they’re doing, and I think they have a tremendous future. This really just came down to a gut feeling of mine. I felt extremely comfortable with the management and coach [David] Fizdale. We hit it off right away. We had a past relationship with him being my coach in the Rookie-Sophomore game, and I actually randomly saw him in Orlando with my parents and stopped and talked to him for like 30 minutes when he was still with Miami.
Should it be ‘Grit, Grind ‘n Glamour’ now that you’re with the Grizzlies? Parsons: No, I don’t think so. Grit ‘n Grind is something that this core group of guys with Marc [Gasol], Mike [Conley], Z-Bo [Zach Randolph] and Tony [Allen] have established here. It’s something special. It’s in their DNA, and it’s in their culture and in this community. Maybe not by looking at me — I kind of have the pretty-boy tag — but that’s not me. I compete, I play hard, I’m tough. That’s kind of how I got my niche in the league, doing all the dirty things. Playing under Kevin McHale, I was taught from my rookie year to take charges, dive on the floor.
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Why Memphis over Portland? Chandler Parsons: It was a very, very tough decision. I have nothing but respect for Portland and what they’re doing, and I think they have a tremendous future. This really just came down to a gut feeling of mine. I felt extremely comfortable with the management and coach [David] Fizdale. We hit it off right away. We had a past relationship with him being my coach in the Rookie-Sophomore game, and I actually randomly saw him in Orlando with my parents and stopped and talked to him for like 30 minutes when he was still with Miami. Just looking at his body of work with what he’s done with wings in the league and his vision for me, it just felt right. It basically came down to me being comfortable and trusting the coaching staff. They made unbelievable points about how my usage rate has been down my entire career. The way he’s going to use me in this offense, I think I can really flourish and be the best player I can be.
Are you disappointed that the Mavericks — and especially Mark Cuban, considering your relationship — didn’t really make much of an effort to keep you? Parsons: It was more shocking. It is a business and I understand that aspect of it. I think the fans of Dallas were great, but they don’t really understand the whole story of everything. If they did, they wouldn’t have negative feelings towards me. Everything I did in Dallas was for the team and for the organization and for the city. Whether that’s recruiting DeAndre Jordan, putting my absolute heart into that, although it didn’t work, that was to make our franchise better and to help us win games. Getting hurt two times, that’s just bad luck. It’s kind of sickening when you see fans write something about your injuries or my knees, like that’s in my control.
Storyline: Chandler Parsons Free Agency