Chandler Parsons has said that he was "offended" when the Houston Rockets went searching for a third star in free agency. The Rockets were looking at LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Carmelo Anthony ahead of sticking with the 25-year old.
Well, now the former Houston forward is ecstatic to be a third star with the Dallas Mavericks, and he is a lot richer for making the switch too.
"Honestly, I was offended by the whole process," Parsons said according to Yahoo Sports. "They publicly said that they were going out looking for a third star when I thought they had one right in front of them. I guess that's just how they viewed me as a player. I don't think I've scratched the surface of where I can be as a player and I think I'm ready for that role.
"You can't knock them for always trying to get better. [Houston general manager] Daryl Morey is very aggressive, is a genius, a great GM and I have nothing but respect for those guys. And they are looking to make their team better. That's what they were doing. I just thought I could be that guy that could do that," Parsons went on to add.
The Rockets went after marquee players like James, Anthony, and Bosh when free agency began. While the Mavericks were interested in Anthony, too, they quickly convinced Parsons to agree to a three-year, $46 million offer sheet with a third-year player option and a 15 percent trade kicker, a source said.
Parsons signed the offer sheet on the first day free agents were able to on July 10 in his hometown of Orlando with Mavericks owner Mark Cuban by his side. "They really showed how much they cared for me," Parsons said. "They didn't want me to wait for Bosh. They didn't want me to wait for 'Melo. They came forward first."
The Yahoo sports made no mention of the fact that Parsons signed his contract at a nightclub with Cuban.
Parsons averaged 16.6 points, 5.5 rebounds and four assists with the Rockets last season as the third scorer behind James Harden and Dwight Howard. Parsons was hoping for a bigger role within the team to push on from those good figures he posted, but wasn't afforded the opportunity.
And with the Rockets missing out on the stars they were aiming for, Dallas went about things the right way and have got themselves an excellent player to aid their playoff bid, while Houston have to settle for Trevor Ariza.