The Houston Rockets have been very active this offseason during free agency. They had their eyes set on the talented Chris Bosh, hoping to bring him back to his home state to join a young and talented Houston roster. They were in preliminary talks with Bosh, thus cleaning out cap room any way they could.
They traded Jeremy Lin to the Los Angeles Lakers to free up more money for Bosh. While they were trying to entice Bosh, they ignored a very important part of their team. Chandler Parsons was often the glue that kept the Rockets together during rough patches throughout the season. The versatile 6-foot-10 shooter was a key component to the success of the Rockets this season.
Parsons was offered a contract from the Dallas Mavericks during the time that the Rockets were trying to land Bosh. While Bosh made the decision to keep his talents in South Beach, the Rockets should have been at the doorstep of Parsons matching the offer from Dallas. They could have easily matched the offer to keep Parsons in Houston since they just moved Lin to the Lakers.
Instead of matching the offer, the Rockets decided to let Parsons go the in-state rival Mavericks. Not much was made of the departure of Parsons, which is a bit of a head-scratcher. With his unique skill set, Parsons allowed the Rockets to play lineups throughout the season that were extremely hard to defend.
They have since reached an agreement with Trevor Ariza, who was a key piece to the upstart Washington Wizards last season. While Ariza is no slouch on the court, he doesn’t bring the versatility that Parsons presented. In the ultra-competitive Western Conference, it is imperative to keep as much versatile talent that you can on one team.
While Ariza and Parsons may be considered interchangeable, Parsons was a perfect fit for the Rockets. Parsons brings more to the table than Ariza, and he is four years younger. The Rockets should have kept Parsons and let the chemistry continue to grow with the talents of James Harden and Dwight Howard.
Parsons was just invited to be one of 20 players to try out for team USA. The invite alone is a testament to how coaches view Parsons as a sheer talent. While it is too early to say if Parsons actually makes the team, the invite alone could boost his confidence.
For the sake of Rockets fans across the globe, they are hoping the brass made the right decision to bring in Ariza instead of keeping a young star in Parsons.