If you are a Houston Rockets fan, you can’t be too happy with how things went down this past week. First, Chris Bosh re-signs with the Miami Heat instead of inking a deal with the Rockets, which is what many assumed he would do. Then, Houston refuses to match the Dallas Mavericks’ offer to sign small forward Chandler Parsons in free agency. Even worse, Parsons felt completely disrespected with how the Rockets acted during the beginning part of free agency.
“Honestly, I was offended by the whole process,” Parsons said, according to Yahoo! Sports. “They publicly said that they were going out looking for a third star when I thought they had one right in front of them. I guess that’s just how they viewed me as a player. I don’t think I’ve scratched the surface of where I can be as a player and I think I’m ready for that role.
“You can’t knock them for always trying to get better. [Houston general manager] Daryl Morey is very aggressive, is a genius, a great GM and I have nothing but respect for those guys. And they are looking to make their team better. That’s what they were doing. I just thought I could be that guy that could do that.”
One can’t help but agree with Parsons. The Rockets constantly talked about how they wanted to bring in a big-named free agent in order to create their own “Big Three.” What they didn’t realize, and what many of us did, is that they already had a “Big Three.” If anything, they were trying to acquire Bosh to create a “Big Four,” which would have certainly been enough to conquer the Western Conference.
Now, Houston has a major problem, as they didn’t land Bosh or Parsons. If anything, one could make the case that they are already worse off than last season. Sure, Trevor Ariza should help the team compete, but in all honesty, it’s not the move the team needed to make. If Kobe Bryant couldn’t win with Dwight Howard, and he had help, then what makes the organization believe James Harden is essentially going to be able to do it by himself?
When Parsons said that he thought the team didn’t need to look for a third star because they already had one in him, he wasn’t kidding. The 25-year-old averaged 16.6 points, 5.5 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.2 steals per game. He also managed to shoot 47.2 percent from the field and 37.0 percent from beyond the arc. In six postseason games, he averaged 19.3 points per contest. More importantly, he is clearly one of the rising stars in the league.