Even when restricted free agent Chandler Parsons signed his three year offer sheet worth in excess of $45 million with the Dallas Mavericks, the forward still thought he’d end up remaining with the Houston Rockets.
“When I did sign the contract with Dallas, in the back of my head, I thought the Rockets would match,” Parsons told The Jim Rome Show. “But Mark [Cuban] did a great job of putting together a contract that pretty much made it impossible for them to trade me or for them to match.”
Parsons said Cuban’s passion about his team and the role he foreseeshim playing is what attracted him to Dallas.
“I think he’s the best owner in sports and just knowing the Mavericks won’t be bad as long as he owns the team was big for me,” said Parsons. “As a person he was great, one of the funniest dudes I’ve ever met in my life, and he’s very successful. But he basically told me and showed me how I’d fit in the Mavericks style, how I’m a priority for them, they view me as a franchise player and think I can do big things there. He believes in me.”
The 25-year-old was also impressed with how the Mavericks came after him as soon as free agency began when most teams were waiting on the league’s marquee players to make up their minds.
“Dallas wasted no time. They made it clear to me I was a priority and they wanted me. I was their guy and that hit home with me,” said Parsons. “I want to be somewhere where I’m a priority. I want to be wanted and it just made sense. I really respected and appreciated the fact that they came to me first and didn’t ask me to wait for any of the other superstars.”
After Parsons left, former teammate Dwight Howard said his departure “won’t affect us at all.” Parsons said the comment didn’t bother him, but it was “ridiculous.”
“I know he didn’t mean it. He’s one of my closest friends,” said Parsons. “He’s got to be confident with the Rockets moving forward with or without me there, so I understand where he’s coming from. I think it’s a ridiculous statement, but at the end of the day, he has to stick up for the Rockets and I don’t think he meant it in a bad way and didn’t try to bash me at all.”