It was not a great weekend for Daryl Morey and the Houston Rockets. On Friday, the Rockets GM traded Jeremy Lin and draft picks to the Lakers, and took nothing in return in order to open up cap space to offer Chris Bosh a max deal. It was assumed Bosh would leave Miami for Houston after LeBron chose Cleveland, but he surprised everyone by staying in Miami with a max contract. Instead, Morey signed Trevor Ariza to a four-year, $32 million deal.
On Sunday, the Rockets officially informed Chandler Parsons that they were not going to match the offer sheet he signed for three-year, $46 million, paving the way for him to join the Dallas Mavericks. According to a report, the Rockets decided Parsons wasn’t the final piece to a contender, and would rather keep some salary cap flexibility going forward, which could include max cap room as soon as next season.
The acquisition of Parsons likely means the end of Shawn Marion in Dallas. Parsons, just 25 years old, averaged 16.6 points, 5.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists and shot 37.0 percent from downtown. He’ll give the Mavs another secondary scoring option next to Dirk on a team that should be very exciting to watch next season.
For Houston, this will be their weekend of “what ifs”. On Friday, it looked like they were set to have a core of Dwight Howard, James Harden, Chris Bosh and Chandler Parsons. Today, they wake up having missed out Bosh and having to watch Parsons go.
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