Houston Rockets: Chandler Parsons Chats With Dwight Howard, Confident in Potential Signing

By Ryan Heckman
Chandler Parsons NBA: San Antonio Spurs at Houston Rockets
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As NBA Free Agency approaches, there appear to be a couple of teams targeting Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard. One of them seems fairly confident they can make it happen. Or should I say, a particular player feels that way.

Houston Rockets swing man Chandler Parsons was recently a guest on CBS’s ROME and was asked about the possibility of signing Howard in July:

“I think so. I’m good friends with Dwight and we talk,” Parsons said. “When he’s healthy and when he’s playing, he’s the best center in the NBA.”

Parsons went on about his fun-loving sales pitch to say, “I remind him how good we could be together and how it would be fun to play with him and what he could do with our nucleus.”

Unlike teams and coaches, players are allowed to speak about anything they would like without getting fined. The Rockets were one of three teams fined the other day by the league for tampering.

Parsons has continued a long friendship with Howard as a Florida native and says he talks with him quite often. In the end, he realizes Howard will have several teams interested and he cannot make his buddy’s decision for him, but it’s worth persuading:

“It’s a decision (Dwight) has to make and he’s got a lot to think about. But I don’t see why he wouldn’t pick Houston with the excitement we got down there. We got a young team.”

He’s right about that. They sure have a young team with an exciting core in James Harden and Jeremy Lin. If they are able to lure in Howard and then somehow attract Chris Paul to Houston, they will give the term ‘big three’ a brand new meaning.

Ryan Heckman is a Senior NBA writer for RantSports.com also contributing to the NFL. Follow him on Twitter @ryanmheckman  or add him to your network on Google.




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