According to reports, the Houston Rockets are planning to decline the player option they have on Chandler Parsons next year, which will make him a restricted free agent this summer. On the surface, it’s a curious move, especially because it’s a $960,000 option for the best bargain in the league.
But Daryl Morey has set his sights on adding a third max player to join Dwight Howard and James Harden, and declining Parsons’ option will both open up more cap space for the Rockets and potentially allow them to include him in any sign-and-trades. There are a few targets that would make sense for Houston, namely that Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Love are on the top of their list, with more far-fetched rumors about Dirk Nowitzki and LeBron James hanging around the internet.
To make any of these moves work, the Rockets will likely need to find a taker for Jeremy Lin and Omer Asik, who are both entering the final year of their contracts. To do so, Houston will probably have to attach a draft pick or two to secure the cap relief that they need.
Before he traded for Harden and landed Howard in free agency, Morey repeatedly struck out in his chase for a big name in free agency. Now that he has succeeded in bringing in a superstar in two consecutive years, he’s set his sights on making it three summers in a row.
It seems far fetched sitting here to think that he can pull it off, but it’s probably best that we stop betting against Morey.
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