The Dallas Mavericks pried small forward and restricted free agent Chandler Parsons away from the Houston Rockets. They made him a large three-year, $46 million offer sheet which the Rockets declined to match.
Parsons has said that he was offended by the way that the Rockets handled free agency, namely in regards to their pursuit of a third superstar indicating that they didn’t believe he was that player. Now Parsons is saying that the Rockets not matching the offer caught him off guard.
“I definitely was a little surprised that they didn’t match,” Parsons said, via the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “I thought that was the plan going forward that they were going to [match].”
“But I think [agent] Dan Fegan and my agency … did a great job with this contract and really put pressure on them. They decided what they thought was best for their future and they told me to go get my best individual contract, and we both did what we thought was best for ourselves.”
The Rockets didn’t appear to like the way the contract was structured, going so far as to label it “untradeable.” You could interpret Parsons comments as him saying he was looking to return to rejoin the Rockets instead of moving to North Texas, but Parsons has been nothing but positive and enthusiastic about signing with the Mavericks calling them a “perfect fit.”