HoopsHype Chandler Parsons rumors

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During frequent pickup games this summer, Crowder has been impressed with the defensive abilities of Chandler. “I’ve been playing pickup with Chandler for two weeks and he’s one of the best defensive guys I’ve ever played with,” Crowder said. “I love defense myself, and to play with another guy who loves defense as much as you do is something special. “When I play pickup games I try to play on his team as much as possible because I feel like it helps me get better. As a younger guy and a younger defender, it helps me, and I’m trying to learn from him because he’s back there calling shots.” Fort Worth Star-Telegram

In the informal pickup games, guard Devin Harris has been impressed with Parsons, who signed a three-year, $46 million contract with the Mavericks. “He’s got a good pump fake,” Harris said. “He’s a smart player, he’s a willing passer. “He’ll space the floor for us and he’ll give us some different dynamics where he can play stretch-four for us sometimes. I do think he’ll get better, and obviously he’ll have more responsibilities here, but I think he’s up for the challenge.” Fort Worth Star-Telegram

September 18, 2014 Updates

It should be noted that though I have no idea what other items would be on that list, there were two “interesting” things that happened around that time — the Rockets hired Howard’s former trainer with the Orlando Magic and they later added Dwight’s brother to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, though it was largely believed that he wasn’t a good enough prospect to make that jump. See JR Smith-Chris Smith for how nepotism package deals can work. Clutchfans

September 11, 2014 Updates

Do you think the Mavs surprised Houston with the size of the contract? Parsons: Yeah, I think so. I think it surprised a lot of people. NBA.com: Did it surprise you? Parsons: It didn’t surprise me. I believe in myself. I’m going to continue to work and motivate and just be a leader and do whatever I can to help this team win games and compete for a championship. I’m obviously flattered and humbled by the contract, but now it’s time to go out there and win games. NBA.com

Do you feel pressure now to live up to your new contract. You vault from a second-round pick who made less than $1 million in each of your first three seasons to around $15 million starting this season? Parsons: Not at all. I was underpaid my first three years and that didn’t affect how I played. People are going to talk about my contract now just because it’s a huge raise, but it really doesn’t matter to me. I’m a basketball player and I’m going to continue to get better and do what I do regardless of how much money I’m making. That’s completely irrelevant. NBA.com

Parsons went into restricted free agency this offseason after playing three years with the Rockets. The Mavericks signed him to a three-year offer sheet worth $45 million that Houston had the right to match. Parsons said the offer's size probably surprised the Rockets. "They pretty much told me, 'Go get the biggest deal and the best deal for you and we're matching,' " Parsons said after throwing out his first pitch. "At the end of the day it's a business and I have no hard feelings against them." Dallas Morning News

It was simply something Parsons wanted to do. Speaking after throwing out the first pitch at the Rangers game on Wednesday, Parsons said Cuban told him not to play. "He made that clear to me," Parsons said. "He did. He's great. If there's any issue or any conversation that needs to be had I'm having it with Mark. … He obviously told me how he felt. He told the world how he felt about his guys playing for USA basketball. But at the same time he understood it was something that I was really passionate about and it was something that I really wanted to do. "I think I got better going there and I got in shape. Just being able to play against those guys every single day, it's not often that you get to learn and play and practice with those type of players every single day in the summertime." Dallas Morning News

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Finishing the 2013-14 season tied for the fifth-oldest team in the league with an average age of 28.5 years old, the Mavs still managed to sprint to a 49-33 record before pushing the eventual NBA champion San Antonio Spurs to seven games in the first round of the playoffs. Now, the Mavericks hope that an injection of young blood will help get them over the hump. “I mean, it gets us younger,” Mavs owner Mark Cuban said while watching the team’s summer-league squad last month in Las Vegas. “The good news about all the experience we had is it really allowed us to modify and give the Spurs a run for their money last year. The bad news is that we had to restrict minutes, and so restricted minutes was a bigger challenge. [Parsons] is a guy that we can keep out there a lot longer, whereas with Vince and with ‘Trix [Marion] and Dirk we really had to balance minutes.” mavs.com

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Parsons isn’t going to be the clear-cut go-to guy in a starting lineup that includes Nowitzki and Monta Ellis, but he’ll have the ball in his hands and the offense run through him much more often than he did with the Rockets. “I think he’ll be far better,” Cuban said. “I think he’ll have the opportunity to showcase a lot more of his talent. He’s a good passer, he can drive the ball, he was top two or three in terms of finishing using floaters at the bucket. He doesn’t get to the foul line enough, but that’s something we’re going to work on with him.” ESPN.com

“I think defensively I can get much better,” Parsons said during a recent appearance on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM’s “The Afternoon Show.” “I think I can guard pretty much one through four. You have the luxury of switching pick-and-rolls with me. I'm 6-9, 6-10; I can really use my length on smaller guys. I’ve just got to be locked in out there for as long as I’m out there. I can really cause havoc on the defensive end. “Offensively, I just want be able to do it all. I want to continue to be one of the more versatile players in the league and knock down shots and facilitate and play-make and just make the game easier for others. I think the sky's the limit, and I haven't even scratched the surface of how good I can be.” ESPN.com

August 5, 2014 Updates

Selected USA World Cup Team finalists were DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento Kings); Curry; Davis; DeMar DeRozan (Toronto Raptors); Andre Drummond (Detroit Pistons); Durant; Kenneth Faried (Denver Nuggets); Harden; Gordon Hayward (Utah Jazz); Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers); Kyle Korver (Atlanta Hawks); Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers); Chandler Parsons (Dallas Mavericks); Plumlee; Rose; and Klay Thompson (Golden State Warriors). USA Basketball

July 31, 2014 Updates

Thanks to TEAM USA for bringing them together in Las Vegas for training camp, Parsons said he and Harden found time in between time to chat and patch things up. “We’ve been in the casinos together and everything,” Parsons said to CSNNW.com. “We talked about it and it’s in the past. We’ve been hanging out, talking. We played on the same team a few times here, which was cool to get back out there with him. There are no hard feelings.” CSNNW.com

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