The Houston Rockets set out to find a third superstar to team up with Dwight Howard and James Harden in free agency, and courted Chris Bosh, Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James. This came as a bit of a shock to restricted free agent Chandler Parsons, who thought he was that third star.
“Honestly, I was offended by the whole process,” Parsons told Yahoo Sports on Monday. “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.”
Ultimately, Parsons signed an offer sheet with the Dallas Mavericks and the Rockets declined to match it.
“Dallas is the perfect match to where I am in my career,” Parsons said. “It’s where I can take that next step. They have a great organization. Mark [Cuban] is the best owner in all of sports. I get a chance to play with Dirk for however much longer he has. It will be unbelievable to learn and grown from him and the guys they have.
“We got a chance to win. Coach [Rick] Carlisle is the best coach in the NBA. It’s the perfect situation for me. I’m ready for more leadership. I’m ready for a bigger role. They came at me with a high max offer and viewed me as a franchise player. That’s what I wanted.”