Dec 18, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets small forward Chandler Parsons (25) drives against Chicago Bulls shooting guard Jimmy Butler (21) during the second quarter at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Richardson-USA TODAY Sports

Chandler Parsons Thanks Houston For His Last Three Years


The Houston Rockets had a tough decision to make and they decided to NOT match the offer sheet of Chandler Parsons. By not matching it, Parsons will now join the Dallas Mavericks on a 3-year, $46 million deal.

Parsons went to Twitter to give thanks to Houston.

Parsons also spoke to Mark Berman (MyFox26) telling him how thankful he is for the Rockets and their staff.

“I’m very thankful to Houston for giving me a chance. The first 3 years of my career have been unbelievable. I have nothing but respect for them doing this a year early. Have nothing but good memories there which I love. The fans have been so supportive and my teammates have been unbelievable. Coach (Kevin) McHale, coach (J.B.) Bickerstaff, they’re family to me. It’s going to be sad to go. I wish them nothing but the best of luck. My relationship with Coach McHale is unbelievable, closest I’ve ever been to a coach with him. (Rockets CEO) Tad Brown is unbelievable, the staff, they are all tremendous.”

At the end of the day, however, Parsons believes he deserves this contract and is excited to join the Mavericks.

“I viewed myself as an up and coming star in this league. They (The Mavericks) were the ones that made the offer and look at me like a franchise-max player. That’s what I wanted. I want to be a priority. I want a bigger role. (Mavericks owner) Mark Cuban and Coach (Rick) Carlisle made that clear to me, that’s how they view me and that’s what I’ll be in Dallas. I couldn’t be more excited for the opportunity.”

Parsons knows fans aren’t happy to see him go to the Rockets’ biggest rivals, but he hopes they understand.

“I hope there’s no hard feelings,” Parsons said. “At the end of the day it’s a business and I had to do what’s best for my own individual career. I have nothing but love and the utmost respect for Houston and the organization, especially the fans. I connected with them right away. I’ll miss them a lot.”

As much as Rockets fans may want to hate Parsons, it’s hard to blame him for what he did. Parsons played for less than a million dollars per season in his first three years and he more than earned a new contract.

$15 million was deemed to much for the Rockets, but Parsons ran quickly to sign that deal. Is he worth it? We’ll let Mavericks fans figure that one out, but Daryl Morey felt it was more important to preserve their cap space and open up more future options, than to lock the team for the next few seasons.

I know I speak for most of #RedNation when I say we’ll miss Parsons. He seemed to be the captain in the locker room and the most liked Rocket. Parsons was often known as the “glue guy” for the Rockets and the offense seemed to sputter at times when he was on the bench.

Farewell Chandler. No hard feelings from this Rockets fan!

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  • JohnE H-Town

    It was nice while it lasted. Gonna miss Parsons.