HoopsHype Chandler Parsons rumors

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What were the three days like waiting to see if the Rockets were going to match? Chandler Parsons: It was definitely a crazy time, just not knowing where I'm gonna go. 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. But Mark and my agent really put together a tough contract for them to be able to match. Me, individually, I thought it was a perfect situation for me to take that next step. I'm ready for a bigger role. I'm ready for more leadership. I have nothing but respect for coach Carlisle. Dirk's one of my favorite players of all time growing up. Having all those things tied into Dallas, it was a no brainer for me to sign that contract as soon as possible. Dallas Morning News

On 'untradeable contract' Chandler Parsons: I was just offended that they didn't view me as that third star when I think I'm more than that. In all honesty, I have nothing but respect and love for them. They did this a year early when they didn't have to. I get why they did, to not let me get to unrestricted next summer. I've had nothing but great memories there. The entire organization, the fans in Houston were great for me. They believed in me initially and took a chance on me. I wish them nothing but the best. At the end of the day, it's a business. He had to do what he thought was best for his organization and I had to do what's best for my career. I figure it will work out for both of us. Dallas Morning News

What impact did Mark Cuban's presence have on your signing the offer sheet? Chandler Parsons: I've developed a relationship with him throughout the years. I truly think he's the best owner in sports. It's comforting playing for a team and an owner that you know they're never gonna let you be bad; they're always going to look for ways to improve the team. I just have a special relationship with him. I trust him. The way he pitched me in that system with coach Carlisle and the core guys that they have was too good to turn down. The whole night I signed; it was kind of random. His flight (Cuban's) was getting in late. We had finished dinner downtown. So me and my friends and my parents just walked to this lounge in downtown Orlando. He texted me wanting to know where it was. I told him. And he just showed up there with a contract. It's gotta be the first time a player has ever signed in a club. Dallas Morning News

Are you aware that Dallas is a pretty good town to live in if you're 25 years old, making $15 million a year? Chandler Parsons: And single. I look forward to that; I look forward to being there. I went there a couple of days last week to do my physical. I was very impressed to say the least. Dallas Morning News

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After the Dallas Mavericks signed restricted free agent Parsons to a three-year, $46 million offer sheet, the 6-foot-9, 227-pound small forward was sure the Rockets were going to match it . But Rockets general manager Daryl Morey said Parsons’ contract under the deal was “untradeable,” so he didn’t match it, making Parsons a member of the Mavs. “I definitely was a little surprised that they didn’t match,” Parsons said. “I thought that was the plan going forward that they were going to [match]. “But I think [agent] Dan Fegan and my agency ... did a great job with this contract and really put pressure on them. They decided what they thought was best for their future and they told me to go get my best individual contract, and we both did what we thought was best for ourselves.” Fort Worth Star-Telegram

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The Rockets brought in Trevor Ariza to replace Chandler Parsons and Joey Dorsey to fill the backup center void left by Omer Asik. But with Jeremy Lin, Parsons and Asik heading out, McHale faced another season of significant retooling, especially after the decision not to match the offer sheet to keep Parsons. “Well, I mean, hey I understand kind of why we did it,” McHale said. “I know they’re talking about flexibility. I like Chandler. He’s a big part of what we did and what we do. I’m going to miss having him, but that’s part of the business I guess. We got to replace not only Chandler, but we have to replace (Omer) Asik and we have to replace Jeremy (Lin) so we have a lot of work to do. Houston Chronicle

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