Mavs’ power play nabs Chandler Parsons

HANG TIME SOUTHWEST – The Dallas Mavericks rolled the dice and came up with 3-point ace Chandler Parsons.

The Houston Rockets on Sunday opted not to match the aggressive, three-year, $46-million offer sheet Mavericks owner Mark Cuban delivered to the restricted free agent the moment the NBA’s moratorium period expired on Thursday. Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle first reported the Rockets would not match, the organization concluding that the high price tag would hinder long-term building.

The always opportunistic Cuban, who partied with Chandler and his parents at a bar after the 6-foot-9 small forward signed the offer sheet, made it official Sunday afternoon, writing “Welcome to Dallas Chandler Parsons” on his Cyber Dust app.

Parsons, who becomes Dallas’ highest-paid player at $15 million next season, alerted the masses via Twitter:

Parson’s arrival, coupled with the trade for Tyson Chandler, means Dallas has flipped a front line of Shawn Marion, Dirk Nowitzki and Samuel Dalembert into Parsons, Nowitzki and Chandler. The starting lineup rounds out with shooting guard Monta Ellis and either Raymond Felton or Devin Harris at point guard.

Nowitzki, 36, is the hero here. Coming off a four-year, $80-million contract, he agreed to a three-year deal for $30 million in the first week of free agency. The hometown discount allowed Dallas to pad the price of Parsons’ offer sheet. While $15 million per season might seem hefty for a player just three years into his career, put it in terms of $25 million total for Parsons and Nowitzki, and it’s much more palatable.

During the three days the Rockets had to mull their Parsons strategy, they signed small forward and Mavs secondary target Trevor Ariza away from Washington, the first sign Houston might be moving away from Parsons. Another Mavs Plan B target, Luol Deng, agreed to a deal Sunday with Miami.

Suddenly, if Rockets general manager Daryl Morey was going to match, the Mavs’ alternatives were looking bleak at a position they wanted to upgrade. Plus, they had already lost nearly half of their 3-point shooting from last season with Vince Carter signing a free-agent deal with Memphis and Jose Calderon now in New York, the price for acquiring Chandler.

Now Dallas has a 25-year-old borderline All-Star who last season averaged 16.6 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 4.0 apg and shot 37.0 percent from beyond the arc. Chandler was the classic “sleeper,” a four-year player at Florida who became the Rockets’ prized second-round pick by tremendously outplaying his low-cost contract.

Dallas believes next to the sweet-shooting Nowitzki and quick-penetrating Ellis, Parsons will fit seamlessly in coach Rick Carlisle‘s flow offense.

This will be a bitter pill to swallow for the superstar-searching Morey. He declined the team option that would pay Parsons $965,000 next season, a move that would have made Parsons an unrestricted free agent in 2015. Morey wanted to clear as much cap space as possible to make a run at LeBron James or Carmelo Anthony, but always with the objective of retaining Parsons.

Neither superstar chose Houston, but when James announced he was returning to Cleveland, the door opened for a run at All-Star forward Chris Bosh. And the Rockets thought they had him. Only at the last minute Bosh signed a $118-million max contract to stay in Miami, simultaneously nuking Houston’s plans to match Parson’s offer sheet.

For Dallas, the risk paid off gloriously. Parsons will replace Marion, a popular and reliable veteran, and the last player other than Nowitzki from the Mavs’ 2011 championship team. The 36-year-old will likely be moving on as Dallas is down to a $2.73 million exception which they’ll likely use to bolster the backcourt where point guard would appear to be the one key weakness. Combo guard and 3-point specialist Mo Williams has been a target.

Cuban, like Morey, has been big-fish hunting for three summers, but unlike Morey, he has come up empty each time. In a twist surely not lost on either men, Parsons heavily recruited Dwight Howard last summer and the All-Star center passed on Dallas and signed a four-year deal with the Rockets. Now Cuban will certainly delight in a little revenge.

Not to mention an improved roster. Dallas won 49 games last season, yet had to fight to the end to secure the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. With the flexible and adaptable Carlisle at the controls, the Mavs, boasting one of the league’s most efficient offenses throughout the regular season, took eventual champion San Antonio to seven games in the first round.

Interior defense was the obvious weakness and Dallas quickly pulled the trigger to return Chandler, the 7-1 anchor who completed the title team.

Now, by taking a gamble mixed with little good fortune, the Mavs got their other Chandler, as in Parsons.

32 Comments

  1. DRAGONFORMVP says:

    Dallas lost half its three point shoot? im pretty sure they lost 2/3s consider goodbye jose, goodbye larkin and Ellington all to NY and then good bye carter. they only have Nowitzki and marion-slash-ellis (they count as one for threes since niether is consistant)

  2. squala96 says:

    Chandler, is a slightly above-average player, a la Kawhi but below Paul George. He joins Bosh and Hayward as one of the overly overpaid guys in the upcoming season. Let the Houston booing begin.

  3. kiwisepp says:

    15m$/year for a player like parsons, too much

  4. VC says:

    I really thought that Dallas was planning to resign VC. I was shocked when i saw the article that VC signed with Memphis. Dallas was not able to offer VC atleast the same amount he earned last 3 seasons because of the big pay they offered to Parsons. I wish the Mavs all the best. I will still be following the team but will mostly focus with Memphis. VC fan here.

  5. Chris says:

    How about trying to do a sign and trade for Eric Bledsoe? Seems like the Suns won’t really need him with Dragic and Thomas on the roster. Maybe some sort of deal that lets Shawn Marion return to Phoenix with Raymond Felton, Brendan Wright plus a first round pick could get this done?

  6. Chris says:

    “Parsons will replace Marion, a popular and reliable veteran, and the last player other than Nowitzki from the Mavs’ 2011 championship team.”

    Wait a minute… what about Tyson???

  7. Big Al says:

    What a greedy doosh that Parsons, wooing on Dwight to come over to Houston then ditching the team a year later just for money! Good thing Ariza is an upgrade.

    • Jay says:

      15 mil is greater than 1 mil. If he were doing it for a couple more mil, that would be greedy, but his previous pay of 1mil wasn’t indicative of his skill level. Blame the Rockets for not offering what he’s worth.

  8. wow! pretty good pick up for the MAVS! dirk and parsons is very similar .. tall and sharpshooter. hey get a lot of advice from dirk and be his mentor. he will be a juggernaut for the West soon and be an all star and will make Houston regret why they didnt offer the same amount as dallas offered to him!

    good to Parsons! and more power!

  9. Unkaned says:

    Can’t keep track of everything, I suppose. Instead of the long-shot at Carmello, Dallas should have grabbed Jordan Farmar (nearly 44% in threes last year) for the $3.5M they have left, as he signed for the Clippers a week ago for $2M with a player option the second year. Of course, Dallas wasn’t so strong then, and probably needed every cent to try to get one of the big fish. But if they had Jordan Farmar, they’d go very deep into the playoffs — other than likely beating Antonio — which is ironic because in two more years, San Antonio won’t have Duncan (or not at must strength) or Ginobili. Although Dallas will also not have Novitski (or at least not at full strength. Dallas was wise to go for it now. Kudos to Mark Cuban, whom by the way had the only sensible thoughts on the Donald Sterling matter (other than Kareem, whose thoughts were on a much higher plane, as they usually are.

  10. Brent says:

    Chandler Parsons is going to be a star.

  11. Ced says:

    Don’t compare Dirk to Tim Duncan. Duncan 5 rings go Spurs Go !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. Austin says:

    I don’t think it’s that insane. 16.6 5 and 4 as a third option (which he will be again this year) in your second year in the league is really strong. Plus he is so similar to Dirk since a lot of people don’t realize that he is 6’9 or 6’10. Dirk can teach him a lot in the low post and he will be too quick for power forwards down there and too big for a lot of small forwards. This guy easily could have been an all star. He put up some very Luol Deng numbers last year. Also the reason they weren’t willing to do this is because Tyson was in his prime so he would have been past his prime when said contract expired. At least that’s my reasoning behind it.

  13. Hunter says:

    I love me some MAVS. It would be ideal if Matrix and Mo sign the remaining cap(Matrix is probably gone) however we are looking at nine players deep this upcoming year, we are on the rise to be the title team in 2016.

  14. Steve Colburn says:

    It’s all good for Dallas, except…
    they’re stuck with Ray Ray Felton starting or backing up at 1. He destroyed the Blazers and then hurt the Knicks. Then he had off-court issues. He’s a cancer – and I used to like him.

    • TTKIN says:

      He’s good at running the pick n roll. And Carlisle is great at running that (Ellis and Dirk last yr). Felt can run it w Tyson or dirk. I say u guys keep him starting so u have the speedster harris off the bench.

      I actually think this trade will work out really well for u guys.

  15. WCF 2015 says:

    Dirk + Parsons = 25 Mil = BARGAIN.
    Please for the love of God, get rid of felton and use that to sign a better gaurd. Please.
    Western Conference Finals next year easily with Carlisle coaching. Every single time Carlisle has had talent he goes deep in playoffs and every time he hasn’t he still pushes everything out of his team just like Tom Thibedeau. With the eastern conference being so pathetic beside the bulls, and potentially the cavs, if they make it to the finals it will be championship #2 for dirk and tyson. BOOM

    • Seriously says:

      So this team is going to be better than the Spurs, Thunder and Clippers (not to mention Grizzlies, Blazers, Warriors and Rockets)? Perhaps some of the teams mentioned in brackets, but not those first three. I like the Mavs and wish them success, but let’s be realistic – This is the West. Tough place to get out of, and even to the West Finals is tough – and really, it was this year, as in many others, the actual final when the two best teams in the west meet.

  16. KK says:

    This deal will make Parsons the highest paid player on a team where he may end up as 4th best. It will either make Cuban and Mavs’ front office look like geniuses (thanks to Dirk) if they go deep (conference finals+) or if they flame out in the first round again, they will end up getting heavily criticized over the next 3 years for wasting Dirk’s generosity and last hoorah.

    Only time will tell, but I’m rooting for them though! They’re an exciting team on paper and looking strong already. Chandler, Dirk, Parsons, Ellis, Felton, Harris, Jefferson, Crowder…with maybe Mo Williams as well.

  17. buraot says:

    good decision by the Rockets. $15M per year for a spot-up shooter is not worth it. if i’m the Rockets GM, i’ll use the extra cap space to get Lance Stephenson. you can probably have him for $7M to $9M. Much less than Parsons price.

    • Carlo says:

      Only, they could’ve kept him for 965K but let him go.
      Rockets are the big losers of this post-season.

    • TTKIN says:

      Ya cuz Stephenson’s attitude with Dwight’s immaturity has “championship contender” written all over it.

  18. Sam Reyes says:

    As Tim Duncan did, Dirk is now beain unselfish, sing for less money to help the team to reclute more or better players wit the cap space.

    Also Samuel dalembert is now in NYC. if marion comes to the Mavs + Mo Williams we can be cooking something here. i also like Blair he gives energy to the team, just like Nate does. too bad he opted in for the nuggets :)

  19. Ms.C says:

    Wow Houston stupid move not only did u slap Chandler n the face the guy who help recruit Howard from the enemy now u gave him up 2 the enemy thanks Houston 4 nothing I hope that y’all make it 2 the playoff

  20. New Jersey Nets Fan says:

    Pretty bumped Vince Carter is not coming back and probably Shawn Marion too.

  21. Roy says:

    Dallas’ should actually be pretty strong and a dark horse next year. Nowitski, Parsons, Felton, Ellis, Chandler, Dalembert, and Marion is actually a pretty tough line up of players.

  22. sportsdoc says:

    “Dallas is paying a premium price for a second-tier star, the same sort of $15-mil-a-year contract it refused to give Tyson Chandler immediately following the 2011 championship.” Quote from Mark Fisher of Fox Sports. Dallas probably should not be gloating.

    • Chris C says:

      Yeah, it is surprising that they will do it now, but wouldn’t do it the year after they won the championship.

      • TTKIN says:

        Look at the diff in age. Tyson is like 34 now I think (was 31 at the time), had a horrible yr last yr, and only has 1 yr left on his contract. Parsons is 25, and is a star (potential superstar), who also could one day be the face of ur franchise.

  23. ko0kiE says:

    so chandler makes 15$ over years more than Dirk? …