In case you didn’t know (which I highly doubt), LeBron James is an unrestricted free-agent this summer, and so too is Carmelo Anthony. The pair opted out of their respective contracts in order to keep their options open while they decide which team would give them the best shot at an NBA title.
Several teams have emerged as favorites to land either one of the superstars, including the Houston Rockets, as they seek to add a third superstar to go along with Dwight Howard and James Harden.
As a consequence, the rest of the roster is in danger of being shipped out of town at any moment in order to create some cap space and the front office have already begun proceedings.
The Texas outfit have already sent Chandler Parsons into the open market after declining to pick up his fourth year option, meaning he is now restricted a free-agent. And that is great news for him.
Right about now you might be thinking: "Wait…What? How the hell is getting booted off the team a good thing?" Just hear me out.
Biding His Time
The former Florida Gator was a second round pick (38th overall to be precise) in the 2011 NBA Draft and he proved to be quite a find, posting 9.5 points per game in his rookie season. However, he blew up in a major way in his sophomore year, putting up 15.5 points in 2012-13.
With that sort of play, it’s no wonder he earned the (unofficial) title of “Most Underpaid Player”. After all, his contract paid him just $888,250 that year, and only $925,500 in 2013-14 – aka his highest paying season to date.
While that may be big money to you and me, it’s not exactly big money in the NBA. Especially when the average salary is $3.4million, in addition to several players making north of $10 million – last season alone 57 players surpassed the $10 million mark.
Yet, when he was watching others getting rewarded for their impressive play, Parsons didn’t hold any ill feeling towards them, or his employers. Instead, he was just grateful for the opportunity.
“When I got drafted in the second round, I signed the four-year deal and everyone has to go through their rookie scale," he told Yahoo Sports.
"It was all part of the process. I obviously thought I deserved more. But I never was bitter or jealous of anyone making more than me. I was just fortunate enough to do this for a living.”
But with Houston forgoing the option of paying him $964,750 to keep him in H-Town for one more year, he too could soon be making the big bucks having played his best basketball this past season.
A Good Option
The 25-year-old posted a career high 16.6 ppg, while shooting 37 percent from three point range and 47 percent overall. He also found his teammates for four assists, while grabbing 5.5 rebounds, as well as pestering offenses for 1.2 steals per game.
Oh, he also finished seventh in the entire NBA in minutes per game with an average of 37.6 per outing. Now he is looking to cash in.
"I feel like I'm in a win-win situation because it's happening a year early," Parsons said.
"I think a lot of teams could be interested. With the way I play and my versatility, I feel I can pretty much help any team."
So then, the message is clear: after years of waiting, Parsons is looking for his big payday. And with such an impressive track record, no doubt at least one team will bite-hard- to secure his talents.
Not everyone will be able to get LeBron James or Carmelo Anthony and the 6-foot-9 small forward wouldn’t be too bad a consolation prize. Therefore, it’s not set in stone that he will even leave Houston. The Rockets do have the power to match any offer for him – provided they whiff on their top targets- due to him being a restricted free-agent and all.
Although if a team with cap space to burn swoops in with a huge offer, it’s hard to envision the cunning Daryl Morey matches it. The Rocket’s General Manager does love to keep his prospective options open for maximum wiggle room in the future, so don’t expect him to move heaven and earth to keep him around.
Where could Parson go?
The Los Angeles Lakers are reportedly one of many teams in play as they look to add versatile talent to a squad that currently consists of just Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Robert Sacre and the seventh overall pick Julius Randall. That relationship would certainly be mutually beneficial.
The Lakers would get a player who can feature as either a small forward or power forward in smaller line-ups. Meanwhile Parson’s modelling career could reach new heights if he is in the media frenzy that is L.A, on a full-time basis. Win-win.
Either way, no matter where he ends up, Chandler Parson is getting paid this summer. Maybe he can even end up with a good team. The Dallas Mavericks, Chicago Bulls and Charlotte Hornets (yes, the “Bobcats” are now a good team) are all reportedly interested in his services.
Perhaps he can now finally get himself a Ferrari.
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