With the increased unlikelihood that superstar Carmelo Anthony will be joining the Chicago Bulls this summer, it’s time for the Bulls to move on to plan B. The current roster still has a huge void on the wing, and the addition of a player who can shoot both off the dribble as well as be an effective catch-and-shoot type player is a must.
A player who fits the above needs, as well as brings a wealth of confidence with his game is Chandler Parsons. Parsons has not re-signed with the Houston Rockets this summer, as the Rockets have been pursuing bigger free agents (Anthony, LeBron James and Chris Bosh). Parsons is a restricted free agent, so Houston would have the ability to match any offer from another team, but if the Rockets are able to sign a bigger name free agent, they most likely won’t have the cap room to match a Parson’s offer.
Over the past two seasons, Parsons has become one of the league’s top role players in Houston. Alongside James Harden and Dwight Howard last season, Parsons averaged 16.6 points per game and shot 37 percent from three-point range. He also has that ability to have a “Chandler Parsons’ game” at any time, as he dropped 22 or more points in 12 games last season, including two 30-point outbursts. In a Jan. 24 contest against the Memphis Grizzlies, Parsons dropped in 10 of his 14 shots from behind the arc; a career best in both three-pointers made and total points (34).
If the Bulls were able to sign Parsons, plugging him in the offense would be easy. He wouldn’t have to change the way he plays offensively, as he would be asked to do much of the same things he did in Houston. With a healthy Derrick Rose cutting into the lane and flying around the court, Parsons can be that outlet guy, knocking down jumpers or coming off screens. He would have to up his defensive intensity, as Houston rarely played defense it seemed last season, but overall would be a nice fit that would benefit both parties.
The Bulls are close to being a championship caliber team, and a player like Parsons could be enough to carry this team over that final hill to the promise land.