ORLANDO, Fla. — Chandler Parsons was back in the old neighborhood Thursday, having returned from a recent trip to Cabo San Lucas and happy that his Rockets unpacked new teammate Dwight Howard in his absence.
“It’s great, it’s exciting and I think we have a lot of the pieces to do some good things next season,” Parsons said during a visit to the Orlando Pro Summer League.
The second-year forward said he kept in constant contact with Howard during the recruitment process and was part of the Rockets official party along with teammate James Harden and team officials who met with the free agent center for dinner on June 30.
“I was talking to him a lot during the whole thing and I had an idea it was going to happen,” Parsons said. “I was in Cabo with my girl and some friends when Dwight made his decision. I can’t exactly say I jumped up in the air for joy, but I was happy that it turned out the way it did. I think he made the right decision for himself and for us.”
Parsons said he plans to be in Houston on Saturday for the Rockets official welcoming for Howard at the Toyota Center and then will travel with some of his teammates to Los Angeles to work out with Howard.
“It’s not the kind of thing that you can just throw together,” he said. “It takes time to build chemistry. You have to play with each other as much as you can and so the sooner we can all get on the court as a group, the faster it will happen. I can’t wait.”