It is not a done deal by any means, but according to multiple sources, the Houston Rockets plan on declining Chandler Parsons‘ option, which would make him a restricted free agent this summer. That means Houston still has the right to match any offer for the versatile small forward, and believe me the Rockets will definitely have to match an offer or two when you consider what Parsons is slated to make next year. With a salary under $1 million, a number of teams will be lining up offer sheets in order to see whether Houston really plans on letting their young forward go.
One such team that should be interested in attaining Parsons has to be the Atlanta Hawks. If there is one thing both GM Danny Ferry and coach Mike Budenholzer love, it’s a player who can not only provide a boost on offense, but on defense as well; and that is exactly what the former Florida Gator brings to the table.
After averaging a career-high 16.6 points per game in only his third season in the league, Parsons would be an immediate upgrade to the small forward position. As great as DeMarre Carroll played this year, he can be replaced. I like Carroll a lot, but when there is a player such as Parsons out there who can literally do the exact same things as Carroll, only better, it’s hard not to at least consider taking a chance on him.
This is especially true when Parsons could possibly come in at a bargain. If Atlanta is willing to dish out just enough cash, I doubt Houston would be willing to match. The Rockets like Parsons, but they are not going to spend too much money on him when they have a shot at getting someone like Carmelo Anthony or Kevin Love this offseason.
After getting eliminated in the first round of the NBA Playoffs, Houston knows it needs another key player to go alongside Dwight Howard and James Harden in order to make a big three of their own. Therefore, Parsons is expendable which opens the door for a team like the Hawks. Atlanta has a hard time bringing in the star players, so it might as well go after Parsons in order to improve the team. The San Antonio Spurs have already shown that it’s possible to make the NBA Finals without big-time stars, and adding a player like Parsons would be another piece to the puzzle of becoming a complete team for Atlanta.