Howard, Harden, Rockets To Open Preseason With Mavericks, Parsons

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Dwight Howard and James Harden won’t have to wait long to try to back up their comments about Chandler Parsons this offseason.

The Houston Rockets will open the preseason on Oct. 7 against the team they lost Parsons to in restricted free agency, the Dallas Mavericks.

Howard struck first on Parsons, saying the Rockets “won’t miss (Parsons) at all.” Harden later chimed in, saying that he and Howard were the franchise “cornerstones,” and that “the rest of the guys,” presumably including Parsons last season, “are role players.” Parsons played it cool, saying, “I know (Harden) didn’t mean it. He’s one of my closest friends.”

GM Daryl Morey has also gone on the record this offseason, telling Nick and Lopez In The Loop that however important Parsons 16.6 points per game on 47.2 percent shooting, he expects the Rockets to be better than they were last season come the playoffs.

Which brings up the big money question: with Morey advertising the fact that the Rockets still have their non-tax payer mid-level exception, bi-annual exception and a trade exception from the Omer Asik trarde, will Morey add anything to the current roster before the season? Before the trade deadline?

Whatever the state of the roster in two months, its first test will be against Parsons.


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