Nov 14, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony (7) controls the ball against Houston Rockets small forward Chandler Parsons (25) during the second quarter of a game at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

How the Houston Rockets Can Keep Chandler Parsons and Sign Carmelo Anthony

By now, it’s no secret that Chandler Parsons is going to want a much bigger contract when his current one expires (Parsons will become a restricted free agent after the 2014-2015 season). He currently has one of the most cap-friendly contracts in the league, making around $950,000 a year. Parsons is expected to be looking for $10 million or more per year in his new deal.

It’s probably also no longer a secret that Houston is one of the rumored landing spots for Carmelo Anthony. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports wrote about the news, saying that Chicago and Houston are the rumored front-runners to land the New York Knicks’ small forward.

But if the Rockets sign Carmelo Anthony, what happens to Chandler Parsons? Rockets GM Daryl Morey would hate to let go of his prized 2nd round gem, who is often the glue to the Rockets’ team chemistry. But what if the Rockets could have their cake and eat it, too? Anthony has been known to play the power forward position and at 6’9”, can guard other 4’s in the NBA. Parsons could stay in his normal role of small forward, and the Rockets wouldn’t be giving up too much size. Financially, though, the Rockets would have to make some big moves to accomplish this.

First, dumping the salaries of Jeremy Lin and Omer Asik are a must. Combined, the two hit the cap for nearly $17 million next year, but each actually make nearly $15 million in cash. Finding a team that’s willing to pay $30 million in actual money is going to be tough, but the Knicks could do MUCH worse than picking up a couple of starting-caliber players for someone who may leave anyway. Let’s face it, New York is at least 2 years away from contending even if Anthony stays.

Nov 14, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony (7) signals after hitting a three-point shot against the Houston Rockets during the second quarter of a game at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Nov 14, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony (7) signals after hitting a three-point shot against the Houston Rockets during the second quarter of a game at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Next, and most importantly, the Rockets would need Parsons or Anthony to take a pay cut. The more likely is obviously Parsons. If the Rockets can convince him to take, say $6.5 million per year, and all but guarantee Western Conference Finals contention for years to come, Parsons would be hard-pressed to pass up on this deal. To boot, he would be playing with top-caliber players around him, which would free him up for a ton of open 3-pointers or cuts to the basket. Howard, Harden, and Anthony’s scoring numbers may dip slightly, but that’s to be expected when adding superstar talent (a la Miami Heat).

Would Parsons be willing to give up close to $4 million (at least) per season to stay with the Rockets? Who knows, but staying in Houston with the “Big Three” would likely give him the best chance of winning a ring he may ever have in the NBA. At that point, it’s whether he chooses the green or the gold.

Adding Anthony could be what the Rockets need to get to the next level and win an NBA Championship. Keeping Parsons, however, is just as important to Houston’s contention. If the Rockets are serious about obtaining Anthony, Daryl Morey will have his work cut out for him. He will need to make some hefty deals to free up the cap space, much like he did with Dwight Howard. If Morey wants to land  Anthony, history shows that he will make the necessary moves to do so.

“In Morey We Trust.”

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  • Jah

    You guys are overrating Chandler Parsons. Dude is no “glue guy.” A glue guy do certain things very well on both sides of the court. Parsons does NOT fit that description. For one, his defense is mediocre, not great. He’s not a natural spot-up shooter. He can’t create his own shots. He need the screens. He gotta play off the Superstars. Put him as the go-to guy with the 2nd unit and we’d still lose a lead because Parsons is not that type of player. He’s an average role player at best.

    It wouldn’t hurt the Rockets one bit if we trade him. There is NO SENSE keeping him around if we get Melo. Three Superstars is tough enough to manage where each gets their fair number of touches. And then to have Parsons in there too? Pointless.

    Trade him!

    Keep Asik, though. Give up Parsons, JLin, DMO and Casspi along with a pick.

    • Jeffrey Ketcher

      He meant glue guy as in taking on the PR captain role of the team and bringing the right kind of attitude to the team. The chemistry the team has right now should not be messed with. If i was morey….parsons would be #1 on my list….he’s constantly progressing everyday and even broke a record for one game for 10 3s in a half. I would have serious talks with parsons in hopes that he would take a pay cut. The rockets look like they are having a blast this season, on amd off the court. Parsons just has that certain aurora about him. He was also one of the many reasons dwight came over because of his attitude and recruiting. I’d try everything i can to retain him. The line-up of Beverly(which is a spot we need to upgrade), james harden, parsons, anthony and dwight would be really deadly. But the writer meant “glue guy” because he’s the one that brought the team together so well, not so much for the offense or defense he has, which is progressing. Asik for sure needs to go and i wish we could retain lin for the second unit and backup point guard in case our starter gets injured, but if lin wants starting minutes and to run his own team, i’d grant his wishes since he’s tried to do everything we wanted him to do, but parsons….if he goes…the front office is really smoking something to try and risk messing with the chemistry. He really is the “glue guy” for our chemistry

      • Jeffrey Ketcher

        And the reason i said asik needs to go is because the way he handled getting demoted….you have to do what you can for your team, thats why i respect lin in accepting the role we could give him. If asik can accept backing up dwight, then by all means keep him, but if he cant…trade him. If we keep asik, then yes…try to find ways to unload dmo, casspi, and any other player that may not be in the rotation. Chemistry is key in the nba, just ask miami the first year they got together

    • Jeffrey Ketcher

      But also, if anthony does come over, the lineup HAS to focus on playing way way better d since we will have the offensive power of harden and anthony. If no one will step up, then adding anthony may not be the greatest idea since him and harden would be wanting touches and not showing up on the other side. Meant to put thia comment under the other 2

    • Dagr612

      Parson’s is more important than you think. One of the most important stats in the NBA is Plus-Minus (+/-). This stat measures scoring margin of the team vs. opponents when certain players are on the court. For the 2nd straight season, Parsons is second to Harden in (+/-). This is very evident when you look at the 6 games he missed due to injury this year. The Rockets picked up three very bad losses when Parsons didn’t play. For example, he missed two straight games in December. The Rockets lost to both Phoenix and Utah. The games right before and after these two games when Parsons played, the Rockets beat Golden State and San Antonio on the road.