Chandler Parsons is reportedly very happy with his new three-year, $46 million contract from the Dallas Mavericks, made official late Sunday night when the Rockets decided not to match the offer sheet.
He’s reportedly less enthused about how he got there.
The third-year small forward told Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports last night he was “offended” that Houston didn’t pick up his $1 million option for 2014-15 and let him enter restricted free agency, in the meantime pursuing the NBA’s top free agent targets, LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Bosh.
“Honestly, I was offended by the whole process,” Parsons told Yahoo Sports on Monday in a phone interview. “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.”
Gotta love delusional athlete self-confidence.
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“They really showed how much they cared for me,” Parsons said. “They didn’t want me to wait for Bosh. They didn’t want me to wait for ‘Melo. They came forward first.”
Dallas, in fact, went after the same short list of small and power forwards that did Houston this offseason, and bailed on those plans as quickly as they did only because James, Anthony and Bosh appeared to be uninterested — not because they wanted Parsons that bad.
And while Parsons averaged 16.6 points, 5.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists last season for Houston, LeBron is a generational talent and sponsorship target; Anthony, for all his flaws as a passer and defender, is a sensational scorer; and Bosh is maybe the most versatile stretch-four in basketball, and definitely the top power forward in free agency. Not like GM Daryl Morey sat on his hands on Parsons while looking into adding, I don’t know, Gerald Henderson.
And that the Rockets appeared to have every intention on matching Parsons’ offer sheet until Bosh bailed and took a five-year max deal from the Miami Heat.
But, kudos to Parsons for loading up on Parsons stock. If signing a max deal that some league executives have called the “least tradeable contract in history” wasn’t enough pressure for the 25-year-old, why not grumble to the media to make sure the stakes are high as can be?