The Dallas Mavericks are close to signing Chandler Parsons.
According to Marc Stein, the Dallas Mavericks have offered the former Houston Rocket a three year deal worth $45 million. The Mavericks are making this move in regards to the Rockets offering Chris Bosh a max contract of four years, $88 million.
The Houston Rockets now have three days to match the offer presented to Parsons (due to the fact that he is a restricted free agent). The Rockets for weeks now have indicated that they will match any offer on the up and coming small forward who is coming off his best season in which he averaged 16.6 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 4.0 assist per game.
But with recent reports suggesting that the Rockets have offered Carmelo Anthony and Chris Bosh max contracts, combined with the anticipation that they sign at least one of those players, matching the offer sheet to Parsons would put a dent in both of those plans.
The Rockets could sign one of those players (Melo or Bosh) in the next three days than they could match the offer sheet Parsons. However, the Rockets cannot sign Parsons, then sign Melo or Bosh due to the lack of cap space.
This offer sheet plays perfectly into the hand of the Dallas Mavericks, which is exactly why they pursued Chandler Parsons so heavily. This would be the biggest free agency signing so far this offseason, and Chandler Parsons will make an immediate impact to this Dallas Maverick line up.
With their starting five being (for the moment) Raymond Felton at point guard, Monta Ellis at shooting guard, Chandler Parsons at small forward, Dirk Nowitzki power forward, and Tyson Chandler at center, Dallas would surely contend in the competitive Western Conference.
The Mavericks already had the fourth most efficient offense in the NBA during the 2013-14 regular season.
Parsons, who turns 26 in October, is a great three point threat and a menace on the defensive side of the ball (averaging just over one steal a game). Parsons will bring youth to a roster with seasoned veterans.
The only thing that irks me about this deal is the fact that Parsons will get $15 million a year, compared to Dirk Nowitzki, who is only making $10 million a year, but it’s definitely a move in the right direction for the Dallas Mavericks.
It needs to be noted Dirk was willing to take a pay cut to bring in better talent. So Dallas Mavericks fans need to thank him for that.
This move was also been done due to Dirk Nowitzki and Chandler Parsons’ close relationship, and Parsons says he likes the up tempo style of play that the Mavericks run offensively.
The Dallas Mavericks have improved the most this offseason in the NBA; from trading for Chandler and Felton, to (possibly) adding Chandler Parsons.
Recent reports suggest the Mavericks are also in talks with Mo Williams, the former Cleveland Caviler and Portland Trailblazer.
The Mavericks also have the intention of retaining Vince Carter, if he is willing to take less money to remain with the team. Carter has made it clear that he wants to stay in Dallas.
The Dallas Mavericks have put themselves in a great position to be able to compete for a championship in the loaded Western Conference. The reward outweigh the risk in this massive deal the Mavericks have offered to Parsons, and the Finals are in reach for these Dallas Mavericks (if this deal goes through, and other pieces fall into place).