The Houston Rockets are mulling over the decision to match the offer sheet that Chandler Parsons signed with the Dallas Mavericks.
Chandler Parsons agreed to a three year, $46 million contract with the Mavericks, late Wednesday night.
The Houston Rockets have until 10:59 PM CT on Sunday night to match the offer for Parsons as he is a restricted free agent. If the Rockets do not match the Mavericks’ offer, Chandler Parsons will become a member of the Mark Cuban’s Mavericks.
The Mavericks have already revamped their front court with the addition of Tyson Chandler and they now hope to add one more with Chandler Parsons. He will go from being the best bargain buy in the NBA to making a surplus of $15 million a year.
Last year Chandler Parsons averaged 16.6 ppg and 5.5 rpg.
According to ESPN sports writer, Chris Broussard, the Rockets are weighing the option of matching Chandler Parson’s massive contract. The Houston Rockets have been eyeing Trevor Ariza as a potential replacement for Parsons. Ariza would be a cheaper option at this point, and the Rockets will most likely be in contact with Ariza in regards to signing him and at a lower price than Parsons.
Houston weighing whether to match Parsons or go for Ariza at lower price. Wash, ATL, LAL, LAC, CHI also interested in Ariza
— Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) July 10, 2014
Signing Ariza may be easier said than done as the Wizards, Hawks, Lakers, Clippers and Bulls are all interested in his services.
The Rockets have said, multiple times, that Parsons will be returning to the team next year. With that being said, I don’t think anyone would have thought Parsons would warrant a massive contract like the one on the table.
If Parsons goes to the Dallas Mavericks he will become the highest paid player on their roster. If the Rockets match the offer sheet, Parsons will be the second highest paid, falling right behind Dwight Howard.
The former second pick, who made less than one million dollars last year has a new anthem, “Started from the bottom, now we’re here.”
Things will likely go down to the wire between Parsons and the Rockets. We’ll know more late Sunday night.
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