Apr 30, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets forward Chandler Parsons (25) is defended by Portland Trail Blazers guard Wesley Matthews (2) during the second quarter in game five of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Richardson-USA TODAY Sports

Rick Carlisle breaks down how Chandler Parsons can help Mavericks


The Dallas Mavericks signed Houston Rockets small forward and restricted free agent Chandler Parsons to a three-year deal, moving him to north Texas. Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle is excited to have him and thinks Parsons can help all over the floor.

“We always liked him. He’s a guy you can’t help but like. He’s energetic; he plays both ends; he’s highly skilled. He can shoot the 3; he can attack the rim; he can make plays. I think he may have led the league in ‘floaters’ made last year. I think it speaks to the versatility of his game,” Carlisle told KESN-FM 103.3, via the Dallas Morning News. “We’ve seen him be a very effective defensive player as well. He’s gonna play multiple positions. I see him as our starting small forward. And I see him with the ability to bump to the big forward position. Maybe when Dirk goes out of the game, that’s a possibility. He can also player smaller and he’s guarded guards. Those are the kinds of guys every team is looking for right now. And with his age being 25, this is a young guy we can build with.”

Carlisle also wasn’t sweating over the Rockets matching the offer for Parsons.

“I knew we would have a chance. Houston decided to let him go and we were very happy to get Parsons,” Parsons said. “We’re moving forward. We agreed on a deal with Rashard Lewis. We’re excited to put together this team … with Tyson Chandler back and we traded for Felton and some of the other stuff we got going on we feel pretty good.”

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