The Dallas Mavericks have made a bold move in free agency by offering Houston Rockets swingman Chandler Parsons a three-year offer sheet worth up to $45 million.
According to sources close to the deal, the Mavericks have decided to put Houston on the defensive in free agency and have forced the Rockets to trump up the money to keep hold of the 25-year-old, otherwise they will lose the restricted free agent to Dallas.
ESPN.com was told that after the Mavericks made the initial offer to the small forward, the Rockets will have three days to match the deal or risk losing one of their key pieces for nothing.
The Houston Rockets have been strongly courting free agent Chris Bosh after he opted out of his contract with the Miami Heat, the Rockets have every intention of adding Bosh to the mix of Dwight Howard and James Harden at their franchise but require the cap space to do so.
The Mavericks move to offer a contract to Parsons has forced Houston into a tough situation, as they continue to go after Bosh they risk losing one of their own upcoming stars to free agency.
Parsons' deal is likely to possess a player option after the second season,which could make Parsons a free agent in the summer of 2016 alongside star Rockets center Dwight Howard.
What shouldn't be forgotten on the midst of all this is that Howard and Parsons both are represented by the same agent, another angle to the potential player option in the contract for Parsons would be the possibility of both being traded in the future due to the clause.
With the Mavericks being one of the busier teams thus far through free agency, tying Franchise legend Dirk Nowtizki down to a new deal and also gathering assets like Tyson Chandler and Raymond Felton, the addition of Chandler would certainly make Dallas a reckoning force in the Western Conference.