Morning shootaround — July 10


VIDEO: How do the Mavs move on after DeAndre Jordan’s reversal?

Parsons: Jordan ‘scared’ of being franchise player | Report: D-Will wants to land in Dallas | Presti says OKC will match Kanter’s offer sheet

NEWS OF THE MORNING

No. 1: Parsons: Jordan was ‘scared’ to be franchise player — There are, understandably, some sore feelings in Dallas in the wake of DeAndre Jordan changing his mind about signing with the Mavericks on Thursday morning. Mavs owner Mark Cuban revealed some of his thoughts but basically said he’d wait a while before fully delving into the topic. The same could not be said for small forward Chandler Parsons, who played a big role in wooing Jordan to Dallas and didn’t hold back about the big man’s changed outlook on free agency. Tim McMahon of ESPNDallas.com has more:

Dallas Mavericks small forward Chandler Parsons, who led the team’s recruiting campaign for DeAndre Jordan, described himself as “shocked, very disappointed, frustrated, disrespected” that the big man reneged on his verbal commitment to join the Mavs and re-signed with the Los Angeles Clippers.

“This is something that I’ve never seen in my career, and I know that it doesn’t happen very often,” Parsons told ESPN.com on Thursday. “When a man gives you his word and an organization his word, especially when that organization put in so much effort and I walked him through this process and was very, very open and willing to work with him, it’s just very unethical and disrespectful.”

When Jordan made his original commitment, Dallas still had a couple of decent potential backup plans to fill its void at center, such as trading for Roy Hibbert or signing Kosta Koufos. At this point, the Mavs are left scrambling, likely destroying their chances to contend for a Western Conference playoff spot.

That’s a hard pill for Parsons to swallow days after celebrating the commitment of a fellow 26-year-old he believed would become a perennial All-Star and MVP candidate with a featured role in Dallas.

“He wasn’t ready to be a franchise player. He was scared,” Parsons said. “He was scared to take the next step in his career. There was no other reason other than that he was comfortable and he has friendships there. How you make a business decision like that is beyond me. How you ignore an owner like Mark who is in your hometown just waiting for a chance to talk to you is beyond me.

“I don’t think he made a mistake. I think he’ll be good in L.A. He’s got a good team, he’s got a great point guard, he’s got Blake, but I think he could have been a superstar in Dallas. He could have been the man in Dallas. Never in a million years did I think that this was even a possibility.

“I’ll still be friends with him, but I can’t get over the way that he’s put our entire franchise in jeopardy. It’s normal to get cold feet. It’s normal to get second thoughts, but you don’t back out of a commitment of this much magnitude this late in the game and just leave us high and dry.”

Jordan’s decision to intentionally ignore Cuban, who traveled to Houston on Wednesday in anticipation of an 11th-hour meeting, particularly bothered Parsons.

“The kind of guy that he is, the kind of guy I thought he is, would never do something like that,” Parsons said. “That’s tough for me to swallow, just from the fact that I know how excited Mark was. I know how invested Mark has been throughout this whole process. That’s what I don’t get.

“Be a professional. Pick up the phone. If you’re not going to meet with him, pick up the phone and tell the guy that you’re committed to what you’re feeling, what you’re going through and maybe he can talk it out and help you. But do not ignore the guy. Do not make him sit there and sweat it out. That’s just very unprofessional. I can’t get over that part.”

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No. 2: Report: Williams wants buyout, to sign with Mavs — The Dallas Mavericks officially signed Wesley Matthews yesterday to help bolster their backcourt. Matthews started his career with the Utah Jazz in 2009-10 and started 48 games that season alongside point guard Deron Williams. Could the two be reunited in Dallas’ backcourt come 2015-16? According to ESPN.com’s Marc Stein, Williams is asking the Brooklyn Nets to buy him out of his deal so he can sign with the Mavs:

Former All-Star point guard Deron Williams is in talks with the Brooklyn Nets about securing his potential release this offseason to clear the way for Williams to sign with his hometown Dallas Mavericks, according to league sources.

Sources told ESPN.com that the Nets, whose well-chronicled hope is moving out both Williams and fellow former cornerstone Joe Johnson before the start of next season, have opened buyout talks with Williams on the remaining two years and $43.3 million of his contract. ‎

A buyout, if Williams’ representatives and the Nets can come to terms, would be Brooklyn’s preference compared to outright waiving the 31-year-old. The Nets have been adamant since the end of the season that they do not want to simply release Williams via the stretch provision, even though it would allow them to pay out his remaining salary over the next five seasons and reduce their luxury-tax bill, as long as such a measure is executed before the Aug. 31 deadline.

Sources say the Mavericks, by contrast, are very motivated to sign Williams after being spurned in free agency by DeAndre Jordan, provided Williams can extricate himself from the Nets and get to the open market.

The Mavericks, sources said, are not pursuing a trade for Williams because of salary-cap space such a move would eat up.

Although there have been steady rumblings in league circles in recent weeks that a return to the Utah Jazz is also a possibility for Williams, sources say Dallas has emerged as his preferred destination, in part because he could reunite with new Mavs guard Wesley Matthews, his former Jazz teammate.

“It’s 60 to 70 percent that [Williams] winds up in Dallas,” one source told ESPN.com.

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No. 3: Presti, Thunder plan to match Kanter’s offer — The 2014-15 season was rough on the Oklahoma City Thunder as injuries, at times, sidelined both Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. Durant was ruled out for the season in late March (right foot surgery) while Westbrook was in and out of the lineup. However, one of the bright spots was center Enes Kanter, whom the Thunder acquired at the trade deadline in a swap with the Utah Jazz. He is a restricted free agent this summer and got a max offer sheet from the Portland Trail Blazers yesterday. Anthony Slater of The Oklahoman writes OKC will match the offer — or at least they’re saying they will:

The silent stand-off between Enes Kanter and the Thunder has taken a surprising twist.

Kanter traveled to Portland on Thursday afternoon and signed an offer sheet with the Trail Blazers, one of a select few teams that had enough cap room to meet Kanter’s monetary wishes. Portland is looking for a replacement for LaMarcus Aldridge.

The offer sheet is reportedly a 4-year, $70 million max deal with a player opt out after the third season. The Thunder has three days to match it or OKC will lose Kanter to a division rival.

The player option after Year 3 — something which OKC has traditionally shied away from — and a reported trade kicker (which would make it tougher to deal Kanter in the future) are two factors that work against the Thunder in this deal.

But that doesn’t seem to be spooking general manager Sam Presti.

“We haven’t received an offer sheet as of yet,” Presti told The Oklahoman on Thursday afternoon. “But our intention has been to match offers on Enes and nothing has changed in this regard. Enes expressed his desire to be a part of the Thunder in our meeting with him yesterday and we have planned in advance should he receive an offer such as the one that has been reported.”

If OKC chooses to match — and it sounds as if Presti plans to — it would bolt the Thunder deep into the luxury tax. The first season of Kanter’s max deal would pay him $16.4 million, the third highest salary on the team. That would shoot the Thunder’s team-wide number up to around $97.56 million (assuming they sign first round pick Cameron Payne), which is about $12.86 million over the luxury tax threshold.

Considering all the escalating penalties, that would put the Thunder’s tax bill at a hefty $23.4 million.

But a decision on Kanter must first be made. Do the Thunder match? We’ll know in the next 72 hours.


VIDEO: Darnell Mayberry of The Oklahoman discusses Enes Kanter’s max offer sheet from Portland

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SOME RANDOM HEADLINES: Big man Luke Babbitt is reportedly expected to sign with the New Orleans Pelicans … Los Angeles Clippers coach/GM Doc Rivers says DeAndre Jordan didn’t owe the Mavs a phone call … Is Dallas now paying for years of not reloading via the Draft? … Latest word on Josh Smith? Supposedly, the Sacramento Kings are very much interested … Veteran forward Drew Gooden has reportedly agreed to re-sign with the Washington Wizards … New Brooklyn Nets guard Shane Larkin says he never really fit into the triangle offense with the New York Knicks

7 Comments

  1. sports fan says:

    Chandler Parsons has a lot of the burden because of his big contract. He wanted DJ there to take some of the burden off of him because he’s scared to carry it all, especially after leaving Houston.

  2. harriethehawk says:

    I wonder who will pick up JR Smith.

  3. OverseasNBAfan says:

    Cousins, Gay, Rondo now possibly J.Smith what are the Kings trying to do build the A B C of Dysfunctional..

  4. dustydreamnz says:

    Yes but he wouldn’t have been the franchise player with Harden and Howard there. He also didn’t ‘backflip’ like Jordan.

  5. dustydreamnz says:

    1. Well said, Chandler Parsons.
    2. Deron Williams may play well with a change of scenery.
    3. If I was OKC, I’d let Kanter go to the Blazers, his defense is poor so don’t think he’s worth that much.

  6. Nate says:

    The Chandler Parsons was scared to stay in Houston!!! He needs to be quiet….

    • Stan says:

      Parsons wasn’t scared to stay in Houston. He had a sub-$1m option for 2014-15 and Houston declined to pick it up, thinking they could re-sign him before anyone noticed. Dallas came big and Houston gagged on the deal and let Parsons walk. Sounds like Houston was afraid to keep him, more than anything.