Houston (CBS Houston) – Chandler Parsons could hit the free agent market as soon as this summer. If he does, the health of his back could be a sticking point for some NBA teams.
Sports Radio 610 has learned at least one Western Conference playoff team would have concerns about signing Parsons to a long-term deal, without examining his back further.
A source within that Western Conference team said they worry his back troubles, “may end up shortening his career.” And added that it could “end up hurting him,” on the free agent market. Therefore, they would be concerned about making a long-term, high dollar contract offer to the 25-year old.
Back injuries at a young age are worrisome to many NBA teams. Top draft prospect Joel Embiid has seen his stock go up and down as a result of lingering back concerns.
Parsons missed eight games last season with back, knee, and wrist injuries. If the Rockets decline his option, Parsons would become a restricted free agent this off-season, meaning the Rockets would be given three days to match any offer sheet. If they pick up his option, he would become an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2015.
The Rockets obviously know the most about Parsons’ health, but if the market were depressed by concerns, it would actually play into the Rockets hands, allowing them to retain the swingman at a reduced price.
Sports Radio 610 reached out to Parsons’ agent, Dan Fegan, for comment, but he was unavailable.
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