The Dallas Mavericks finally landed Chandler Parsons on Sunday, when the Houston Rockets made the decision not to match his three-year, $46 million offer sheet.
A person with knowledge of the decision
confirmed it to USA TODAY Sports, but spoke on the condition of
anonymity because it had not yet been announced.
Rockets' decision was somewhat surprising, as they agreed to terms with
free agent small forward Trevor Ariza Saturday and were believed to
have plans of playing him with Parsons. Ariza was slated to spend most
of his time at the small forward spot, with Parsons often playing the
"stretch four" position in which the power forward plays on the
perimeter and stretches the defense with his deft shooting. Instead,
Ariza will be the Rockets' power forward and it appears third-year
forward Terrence Jones will be the power forward.
unforeseen development, Ariza is now expected to come to the Rockets by
way of a sign-and-trade with the Washington Wizards on his four-year,
$32 million deal. Houston will give Washington an $8.5 million trade
exception in the deal.
The Rockets' summer has certainly not gone
as they'd hoped, as they fell short in the pursuits of LeBron James,
Carmelo Anthony and Chris Bosh while agreeing to trade point guard
Jeremy Lin and center Omer Asik in deals intended to create salary cap
space for one of those players.