There’s plenty to like about the Mavs agreement.
Parsons is one of the more versatile small forwards in the league. He’s able to put the ball on the floor, make plays for his teammates, and spread the court with his three-point shooting.
During his three-year career, he’s seen his points, assists, and rebounds increase each season.
Now, there’s some negatives to consider.
There’s no guarantee that the Mavs will be able to steal the forward away from the Houston Rockets. Once Parsons signs the deal, the Rockets will have three days to match.
During those three days of waiting, plenty can happen. Luol Deng and Trevor Ariza could land deals with other teams. So if the Rockets wait till the last-minute to retain Parsons, the Mavs may have no options left at small forward.
Also, with Ellis, Nowitzki, and even Tyson Chandler, you can argue that Parsons is the Mavs third or fourth best player. Is paying $15+ million to him too much?
Some may suggest that Ariza and Deng could have been more affordable and even better fits.
There’s plenty to like about this deal, but there’s plenty of risk to go along with it, especially with no clear indication of the Rockets intent of matching the offer.