Chandler Parsons is headed to the Dallas Mavericks, and he’ll have a bit of extra motivation when he faces the Houston Rockets.
Parsons told Yahoo! Sports that he was upset by how the Rockets declined to match the three-year, $46 million offer from the Mavericks.
“Honestly, I was offended by the whole process,” Parsons told Yahoo! Sports on Monday. “They publicly said that they were going out looking for a third star when I thought they had one right in front of them. I guess that’s just how they viewed me as a player. I don’t think I’ve scratched the surface of where I can be as a player and I think I’m ready for that role.
“You can’t knock them for always trying to get better. [Houston general manager] Daryl Morey is very aggressive, is a genius, a great GM and I have nothing but respect for those guys. And they are looking to make their team better. That’s what they were doing. I just thought I could be that guy that could do that.”
Things could have been different if Chris Bosh decided to leave the Miami Heat. The Rockets had offered the All-Star forward a max offer, but Bosh opted to remain in Miami.
Had he joined the Rockets, it was likely that Houston would have matched the offer for Chandler Parsons.
The 25-year-old Parsons averaged 16.6 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 4.0 assists per game last season. He became the main target for Dallas after they failed in efforts to bring LeBron James or Carmelo Anthony.
Parsons said the interest he was from Dallas made him want to join.
“They really showed how much they cared for me,” Parsons told Yahoo! Sports. “They didn’t want me to wait for Bosh. They didn’t want me to wait for Melo. They came forward first.”
Mavs owner Mark Cuban said Chandler Parsons wasn’t simply the best man standing in free agency.
“I looked at all the main guys that were young that we thought would be available, and we loved his game,” Cuban said. “We liked him the best of all the free agents, and that was point one.
“When you looked at the numbers relative to Houston’s cap position, he seemed the most obtainable.”
Chandler Parsons now joins a Dallas Mavericks squad seen as a title contender, one that pushed the San Antonio Spurs to the limit in the playoffs last year despite coming in as a No. 8 seed.