LeBron James obsession cost Houston Rockets chance at keeping star

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The Houston Rockets ultimately failed to make a huge splash in 2014 free agency with the sign-and-trade deal for Trevor Ariza the major move for the franchise.

But that wasn't for lack of trying, with reports showing big name free agents Chris Bosh, Carmelo Anthony, and LeBron James were on on the Rockets' radar this summer before ultimately opting for deals elsewhere.

Perhaps the biggest move of note for the franchise then ended up being one of their 2013-14 roster heading for pastures new, with Chandler Parsons signing with the Dallas Mavericks after failing to agree a new deal in Houston.

And it seems that the franchise's keen interest in the situation regarding LeBron, Melo and co actually cost them their chance at keeping Parsons - a key man in recent seasons at the Toyota Center.

A missed opportunity

Parsons, as per ESPN's Marc Stein, explains how his free agency summer went down:

"Dan was trying to negotiate something with them (Houston) early, and, to be perfectly honest, I would have accepted a lot less money early in the process to stay in Houston.

"But they told me they wanted to wait for the whole LeBron and Melo situation (to play out), which I understood. I just listened to them.

"I signed the best deal I could for my own career."

That deal ended up being a three-year contract with Dallas worth $46 million - a number the Rockets opted against matching for their restricted free agent.

Parsons, whilst not being spectacular, posted career numbers for the Rockets last season as they looked to mount a challenge for the NBA title.

Re-signing him would have put them in a fairly strong position to do so once again in 2014-15, but now the franchise must pin their hopes on new man Ariza as Parsons prepares for a new challenge with the Mavericks. 

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Departure trouble

Parsons' comments show the hectic nature of free agency, with team's waiting on the domino effect of big name player's decision, or putting all their eggs in one basket with the danger of ending up disappointed always a possibility.

Players, particularly those of the level of Parsons, often find themselves caught in the middle. But as he says he managed to get the best possible deal he could.

The aftermath of his decision however seemed to leave some bad blood between himself and some of his former teammates.

Dwight Howard dismissed Parsons importance soon after the news broke, claiming his departure would not affect the Rockets team at all.

That remains to be seen. But Houston will certainly be hoping that their obsession with big name players won't come back to bite them.

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