Chandler Parsons, one of the NBA’s most underpaid players is due for a big pay-day this offseason. The Houston Rockets reportedly will decline his $964,750 option and allow him to be a restricted free agent on the market.
The Rockets are rumored to be in the hunt for both LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony this offseason, leaving Parson’s future with the team in doubt. It’s expected that if Houston lands one of these two stars, Parson’s could be on his way out. Also, for teams that miss out on bringing in James or Anthony, they could turn their attention to the small forward and offer him a lucrative contract; which would put the pressure on the Rockets to match.
Marc Jay Spears of Yahoo! writes “The Los Angeles Lakers, Chicago Bulls and Dallas Mavericks have primary interest in signing Anthony as a free agent, but also could chase Parsons if they don’t, a source said.”
Parsons, 25, averaged 16.6 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 4 assists, while also shooting 37% from three for the Rockets this season. The second rounder out of Florida holds career averages of 14.1 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 3.3 assists during his three-year career.
No matter where Parsons ends up, you can expect him to land a big contract.
The Mavericks currently have a hole at small forward. Veterans Vince Carter and Shawn Marion are free agents, leaving Jae Crowder as the only small forward on the roster. With around $26 million in cap space, they may be able to offer a larger contract to Parsons that Houston would not feel inclined to match.