Rockets won't match Mavericks' offer for Chandler Parsons

The Dallas Morning NewsJuly 13, 2014 

For the Mavericks, the wait was worth it.

They got their man, Chandler Parsons, as the Houston Rockets elected not to match the three-year, $46-million offer sheet that the 6-9 small forward signed with the Mavericks on Thursday.

The Rockets had until 11 p.m. Sunday to make a decision but a source confirmed that the Rockets have passed.

There still is a chance the teams work out other details to make it a sign-and-trade.

The Rockets had agreed with small forward Trevor Ariza to a four-year, $32-million deal on Saturday. Even though Parsons plays the same position, there was concern among the Mavericks that the Rockets would match the offer anyway just to make sure the Mavericks were left in a lurch.

Had Houston matched, the Mavericks would have been left to go after either Shawn Marion or shooting guard Lance Stephenson and hope that he could make the move to small forward.

Instead, they wound up with Parsons, who averaged 16.6 points, 5.5 rebounds and 4 assists last season for the Rockets.

Parsons is only 25 and has forged a solid friendship with Dirk Nowitzki over the last couple of seasons after playing in Nowitzki's charity baseball game in 2012 and 2013.

Dallas also brought in Chandler during the free agency period, but lost Vince Carter and will likely lose Shawn Marion.

That makes the starting lineup look like this: Nowitzki, Tyson Chandler and Parsons on the front line with either Devin Harris or Raymond Felton at point guard and Monta Ellis at shooting guard.

The bench? Well, that's a little bit in flux at the moment.

The Mavericks on Sunday agreed to terms on a minimum contract with veteran small forward Richard Jefferson.

They also have Brandan Wright, Jae Crowder and newly acquired Greg Smith and Jefferson.

They also are expected to re-sign center Bernard James and have Ricky Ledo and Gal Mekel.

Parsons is a 3-point shooter with a well-rounded offensive game and he's a decent rebounder.

He graduated from Florida in 2011 and spent four seasons there.

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