Chandler Parsons went the full John Calipari in recruiting Dwight Howard to Houston a few years back. It worked. Well, the recruiting part worked, the fit with Howard on the Rockets has been a mess. But Parsons helped land the big fish.
Will he do that again trying to lure Dwight Howard to Dallas this summer?
Maybe. There’s a lot of questions here — including will free agent to be Parsons stay in Dallas himself — but he said in his exit interview it was possible. Here is the quote, via Tim MacMahon of ESPN.
“I think he can still dominate the game. I think he can still be a great player in this league. And I think he’s going to leave Houston, so why not come here?”
While critics on Twitter shred Howard, he still has value on the court. Howard averaged 13.7 points and 11.8 rebounds a game this season, shooting 62 percent, and he has been the only Rocket playing defense for stretches of the season.
As always, this question ultimately comes down to money. And years.
Howard and his agent are reportedly letting it be known he wants max money (or close to it), which under the spiked salary cap this season will be in the $30 million range. That reportedly has Mark Cuban and the Mavericks saying “too rich for my blood” and staying away.
More interesting than the amount may be the years — how long will teams be willing to be committed to Howard, with his history of back issues (not to mention franchise culture clashes his last couple stops)? Will a team commit to four years but at a lower per-year sum? Three years? Two?
I could see something in the two-years, $40 million range, but maybe a GM who strikes out elsewhere comes in over the top.
What Howard can ultimately get is one of the most interesting questions of the off-season. In last year’s market Howard may have struggled to find anything near what he expected, but this year in a market where two-thirds of the teams will have space for a max salary and it’s a thin elite free agent class? It’s unpredictable.
And Dallas is not out of the question.