He is not the giant whale - or big fish - that the Dallas Mavericks keep casting for in NBA free agency, but Mark Cuban's ability to steal forward Chandler Parsons from the Houston Rockets is a solid catch.
Now it would be nice if Chandler Parsons gets over it, and how he was offended by how the Houston Rockets hurt his feewlings during free agency. Parsons told Yahoo Sports that he was "offended" how the Houston Rockets treated him before he signed an offer sheet with the Mavericks that was eventually not matched by Houston.
Chandler, this is pro sports where all parties involve lie only about as much as they do in U.S. politics. Remember that girl in college you told you she was the one, and you were going to be together forever? Then the next morning came and you were suddenly a different person, and that maybe "forever" wasn't going to make it to 10 a.m. with ... WhatsHerName.
In 2014, someone needs to politely explain to some of these guys that word choice matters, and that Parsons' level of indignation is a big giant nothing.
The process that offended Parsons made you wealthy beyond your wildest dreams, and put him on a solid NBA team.
Basically, the Rockets told Parsons they were all-in on him, and would keep him as the third-star in their "big three" of James Harden and Dwight Howard. The Rockets chased Chris Bosh and Carmelo Anthony, and when neither signed Rockets GM Daryl Morey decided Parsons was not worth the three-year, $46 million deal the Mavs' offered.
The reality is Houston was the fourth-best team in the Western Conference with Harden-Howard-Parsons, and a first-round playoff series eviction from the Blazers. Parsons is a very nice player, and with Monta Ellis, Dirk Nowitzki and Tyson Chandler, the Mavs could should be a top-five team in the West next season.
The Rockets, with Trevor Ariza on the roster, may be about as good as they were last season with Parsons.
Chandler Parsons is not a big fish, but he is no minnow who would be wise to simply understand part of the business of pro sports is lying through your teeth.
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