Dec 18, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets small forward Chandler Parsons (25) drives against Chicago Bulls shooting guard Jimmy Butler (21) during the second quarter at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Richardson-USA TODAY Sports

Mark Cuban says Chandler Parsons will be an asset in many ways

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The Dallas Mavericks signed Chandler Parsons to an offer sheet the Houston Rockets declined to match, moving him to north Texas. Mavericks owner Mark Cuban praised the acquisition of Parsons and said the young star can help give the veterans some rest and play lots of minutes.

“He’s the old Nellie (Don Nelson) point-forward, personified,” Cuban said, via ESPN Dallas. “It gets us younger. The good news about all of the experience we had, it really allowed us to modify and give the Spurs a run for their money last year. The bad news is that we had to restrict minutes. Restricting minutes was the big challenge.

“He’s a guy that we can keep out there a lot longer. With Vince (Carter), ‘Trix (Shawn Marion) and Dirk (Nowitzki), we really had to balance minutes.”

Aside from helping the Mavericks manage minutes and carry a big chunk of the world load, Cuban sees Parsons helping out on the defensive end as well.

“He’s a willing defender,” Cuban said. “One of the reasons I went after him, one of the things I did, I went and talked to all of the scorers that I know and I asked who defended them the best and list the top three and Chandler was on the list a few times. He’s not a shutdown defender, but he’s a work-hard defender. He’s an irritant.

“I think Coach [Rick Carlisle] will do a lot better job with stances, coach will get on him. We do a lot of drills for the little stuff like that.”

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