After apparently striking out looking in his attempt to grab unrestricted free agent Carmelo Anthony, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban appears to have his sights now set on Houston Rockets restricted free agent Chandler Parsons.
Mavericks pushing on an offer sheet agreement with Houston restricted free agent Chandler Parsons, league sources tell Yahoo.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 7, 2014
The Mavericks, of course, didn’t walk into negotiations for Anthony’s services with high expectations, so the rejection Cuban feels is minimal. With a not-so-heavy heart, Cuban has turned his affections to Parsons, which kind of makes sense.
Parsons isn’t, for instance, a better overall player than Luol Deng, whom the Mavericks have also been linked to this offseason. Parsons is an average player, but his body isn’t as beat up as Deng’s (no spinal taps recently, anyway), not to mention Parsons, 25, is four years younger than the elder Deng.
Put it this way—if the Mavericks sign Deng, and he gets hurt or plays like trash, Cuban is stuck with that terrible contract. Parsons, on the other hand—no matter how poorly he plays—will be an asset because he’s still looked at as a young man with potential.
Mavericks fans have been fantasizing a lot lately about Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo coming to Dallas, but the Mavericks, after the Tyson Chandler trade, are currently without any real assets. We all know a player like Rondo would never sign with Dallas as a free agent, but, unlike tall baller Dirk Nowitzki, Rondo is without a no-trade clause. Come the NBA trade deadline, Parsons could be used to get Rondo.
At the very least, driving up the price for Parsons with one of those sweet poison pill contracts the Rockets love to pass out could mean Houston will have a problem in the future.