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Also, someone name Tim Duncan – not the player from the San Antonio Spurs – asked Parsons if he could play him a game of one-on-one for some free gear. "You would lose,’’ Parsons replied. Here are some of the highlights from Parsons’ Q&A with the fans. Q: Do you think you deserve a max contract after those injuries? A: Sure do.
Who else might they target? Everyone has suggested Nic Batum. I wouldn't be surprised if they try and throw a max deal at Chandler Parsons. But in the end, they'll likely have to spend wisely on cheaper pieces, players like J.R. Smith, Kent Bazemore, Allen Crabbe, Luol Deng, Eric Gordon, E'Twaun Moore, Jared Dudley, Joe Johnson, Lance Thomas and Wesley Johnson.
One year after serving as the Dallas Mavericks' unofficial recruiting coordinator, forward Chandler Parsons looks forward to being recruited by other franchises. Parsons eagerly anticipates exploring his options in free agency as the Mavericks plan to prioritize other targets, sources told ESPN, although a return to Dallas remains a possibility. "He'll be all ears," one source said.
With the salary cap spiking to a projected $94 million, giving the majority of NBA teams the salary-cap space to sign a free agent to a maximum deal, sources say Parsons' camp remains confident that he will command a max contract with a starting annual salary of $22 million.
The Mavs, according to sources, remain interested in keeping Parsons if they aren't able to persuade Conley and/or Whiteside to come to Dallas. However, the Mavs have made it clear to Parsons that they do not intend to offer him a max contract to keep him after his first two seasons in Dallas ended prematurely because of surgeries on his right knee. A max contract for Parsons with the Mavs, who own his early Bird rights, would be worth $98.4 million over four years. Other teams can offer him $94.1 million over four years.
Sources say multiple renowned orthopedic specialists have given Parsons clearance to resume full basketball activities and expressed optimism that his knee would not prevent him from having a long, productive NBA career. Parsons averaged 13.7 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.8 assists in 61 games last seasons, statistics skewed by a slow start as he dealt with strict minutes restrictions.
The Mavs see Justin Anderson as a potential starter at small forward if Parsons leaves, according to team sources. Anderson, the 21st overall pick in last year's draft, played sparingly for most of his rookie season but showed promise as a high-energy role player when Parsons' late-season absence pushed him into a larger role.
The Magic’s strategy, a source told Sporting News recently, will involve luring former Florida Gators back to Central Florida. That means former Gator champs Joakim Noah and Al Horford, but also includes Mavericks small forward Chandler Parsons, who will be a free agent this summer, too.
Tim MacMahon: Chandler Parsons will follow through on his plans to become a free agent despite Mavs owner Mark Cuban's attempts to convince Parsons to opt in for the final season of his three-year, $46 million contract, sources told ESPN.com. With the salary cap spiking to a projected $94 million this summer, Parsons' camp expects him to receive a significant raise in free agency.
Dwain Price: It's not official yet, but Chandler Parsons and Deron Williams will opt-out of their contract and take advantage of the increase of the NBA salary cap. If Parsons and Williams doesn't reveal by 11 p.m. Wednesday if they'll opt-out of their contract, they'll automatically become a free agent. By NBA rule, Chandler Parsons and Deron Williams doesn't have to notify the Mavs if they plan on opting out of their contract.
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Chandler Parsons on if he wants to return to Dallas for next season: I do. I love it here. My focus right now is to be healthy. The city has been great. I can see myself staying here and playing for a long time.
"I wouldn't count (Houston) out. Obviously, playing there three years, I had a great time there. We had a lot of success. It will be interesting to see what they do with the head coaching job. I would love J.B. (Bickerstaff) to get that job. I wouldn't count out that option."
Speaking of next season, the world's worst-kept secret is that you're opting out of your contract this summer. Will you be back in Dallas? Parsons: That's something that we've got to figure out. Obviously, I've been extremely happy here, and I think I've made it very vocal that I love Dallas. I love the organization. Everything I did last summer with the free agency and the recruiting efforts is something I really enjoy doing. It's something that I feel like I'm pretty good at doing. I have a great relationship with Coach Carlisle and Dirk [Nowitzki] and my teammates here. Cuban's obviously my guy, and I wouldn't want to play for anybody else. I feel like he's the best owner in the NBA.
Parsons: Free agency is a fun time, and obviously I have the opportunity here to opt out. That's not necessarily to leave Dallas. That's maybe to sign a longer-term deal here. There's a lot of options, and that's something me and my agent Dan [Fegan] will talk about when it's more appropriate and that time comes.
Sources said Parsons is still likely to exercise his right this summer to opt out of the final season of his three-year, $46 million deal. He is expected to receive maximum-contract offers in free agency, with sources considering the Mavs the front-runners to keep him.
With Kobe Bryant retiring at the end of this season, the Lakers will need to find a replacement. In this upcoming free agency, there are limited options at the small forward position as there is a drop off in talent after Durant. With the possibility of Parsons opting out of his contract with the Mavericks, Harrison Barnes (restricted free agent) and Nicolas Batum are two names the Lakers are expected to pursue as well.
Those close to the situation consider his hometown Magic to be the biggest threat to steal Parsons from the Mavs. With its pre-deadline dealing, Orlando cleared enough cap space to sign two players to max contracts. Sources anticipate that the Magic will aggressively pursue Parsons.
The list of teams interested in Parsons will be long, with sources expecting the Miami Heat, Los Angeles Lakers, Brooklyn Nets, New York Knicks, Portland Trail Blazers, Houston Rockets, Denver Nuggets and Magic to be among Parsons' suitors. If Durant leaves Oklahoma City, add the Thunder to the list, with a potential reunion with Parsons' coach at Florida, Billy Donovan.
However, Parsons and his inner circle have expressed concerns about whether Carlisle has confidence that Parsons can be a franchise player and is willing to give him the freedoms and responsibilities players of that ilk typically receive. Those doubts are fueled in part by occasional crunch-time benchings this season, even after Parsons, who averaged 18.8 points on 52.3 percent shooting from the floor in February, returned to form following a difficult rehab from major knee surgery.
"My focus right now is solely on finishing this season as strong as possible with the Mavericks," Parsons said. "It'd be selfish of me and a disservice to this franchise and to my teammates to be thinking about this summer when we have a chance to do something special. We'll have plenty of time to think about business this summer. It's basketball season now."
"What I see 100 percent is we're going to keep those guys together for a long, long time," Cuban told ESPN.com this week. "When they're both 100 percent and have all their explosiveness, that's a crushing tandem on the wing and we'll fill in around them."
It would be a touching, tough-love relationship, but there's one potential problem: Parsons and some members of his inner circle wonder whether Carlisle likes the player nearly as much as the person.
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