Apr 20, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard (12) walks onto the court during overtime against the Portland Trail Blazers in game one during the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Toyota Center. The Trail Blazers won 122-120. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey: 'It was a tough weekend'

The Dallas Mavericks know a thing or two about going into an offseason looking to land certain players and missing out. The Mavericks didn’t manage to land a “big fish” free agent, but they did get to pry away a young star from an in-state rival in Chandler Parsons of the Houston Rockets.

After missing out on Carmelo Anthony, who visited the Rockets and Mavericks on the same day, they turned their attention to Miami Heat big man Chris Bosh. Ultimately, Bosh elected to return to the Miami Heat with a max-deal offer.

“It was a tough weekend,” Rockets general manager Daryl Morey said on SportsTalk 790 on Monday, via CSN Houston. “We were very close to what we thought was maybe the best team in the NBA.

“It looked extremely likely (that Bosh would be with Houston),” Morey added. “Chris Bosh’s camp was very professional throughout. Chris was definitely coming if Miami, at the last minute, didn’t put all five years and that huge offer that we obviously couldn’t match because of the rules.”

The Mavericks’ contract offer to Parsons was deemed “untradeable” by Morey. The Rockets traded point guard Jeremy Lin away while trying to make room for Bosh’s contract, which they ended up needing.

“We had the offer to Chris, while it looked extremely likely, our deal for Jeremy (Lin) was going to go away,” Morey said. “We had to move before we had the 100 percent (from Bosh), because the Lakers were ready to move on with other things.”

Well the Rockets’ struggles are the Mavericks gains. After the back and forth between front offices in this offseason it will be interesting to watch how the rivalry plays out on the court.

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