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Chandler Parsons

Chandler Parsons says he ‘would have accepted a lot less money early in the process’ to remain with Rockets


The NBA’s free agent period is beyond frenzied, and though there’s a 10-day moratorium on signings that begins on July 1, discussions, negotiations, and agreements in principles are reached — often times in the earliest days of the proceedings.

This past offseason was crazier than some, primarily due to the simultaneous availability of multiple star-level talents. Teams (and players) were in a holding pattern while LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh made decisions about their respective futures, while Carmelo Anthony methodically went on tour to try to determine what would ultimately be the best place to play for the next four or five seasons.

The Rockets are one of the more legitimate options for free agents to consider at the moment, with two stars in Dwight Howard and James Harden already in place. But because all teams need to prioritize which players they want the most, there was a window open for Houston to lose one of its own free agents, and the Mavericks swooped in when the timing was just right.

Chandler Parsons agreed to a three-year offer sheet with Dallas for $46 million — one that the Rockets decided they weren’t going to match, even though the team’s GM said all along that he would do exactly that. Parsons, however, admits that he would have taken less money over more years had Houston been willing to commit to him earlier in the free agent process.

From Marc Stein of ESPN.com:

Sources say Parsons’ camp tried to convince the Rockets to agree to a four-year, $48 million deal before it even got that far. But Houston, hoping to give itself every chance of making a splashy July signing and then matching on Parsons to form its very own Fab Four of sorts, stunned many league observers by consenting in June to decline Parsons’ $964,750 option for the 2014-15 season and make him a restricted free agent.

“Daryl told me this process is going to be frustrating and you’re going to read a lot of stuff you’re not going to like, but at the end of the day, you’ve worked hard for this and you’ve earned this,” Parsons said. “He warned me it could get ugly at times once the media gets involved and that you’re gonna see people say you’re not worth this or you’re not worth that. [Morey] just sat me down and said, ‘Go out and sign the best contract you can. Just know in the back of your head that we’re gonna match the contract.’

“Dan was trying to negotiate something with them early, and, to be perfectly honest, I would have accepted a lot less money early in the process to stay in Houston. But they told me they wanted to wait for the whole LeBron and Melo situation [to play out], which I understood. I just listened to them. I signed the best deal I could for my own career.”

This comes from a fantastic, longer piece on how everything unfolded between the Rockets, the Mavericks and Parsons in free agency this summer.

Rockets GM Daryl Morey had to take a shot at Anthony, of course, and was reportedly extremely close to convincing Chris Bosh to come to Houston, before Miami stepped up with a full max-level contract to keep him in town.

The cost of failing in these pursuits was the loss of Parsons.

Dwight Howard said Parsons leaving won’t affect the team at all, but the true impact of the organization’s decision won’t be known until later on in the season.

Has Mario Chalmers been benched?

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It’s unwise to take too much from games played in the preseason, especially in Miami, where runs to the Finals may have the team’s key players less than motivated for games played in the early days of October.

Mario Chalmers, though, may have something to prove.

As the player most often called out on the court for mistakes by LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, Chalmers is used to taking his fair share of abuse. But now that James is gone, and with the Heat in need of legitimate point guard play more than ever, things may be getting tenuous for him in terms of his starting spot.

From Joe Goodman of the Miami Herald:

Is Mario Chalmers benched?

I raise this question based on purely anecdotal evidence, if you even want to call it that.

After a long day of practice, in which the team ran over its scheduled stopping time by at least an hour, Chalmers posted this to Instagram:

“After the day of negativity I had it’s good to b around some positive energy…”

Chalmers was 0-for-2 from the field in 21 minutes of action in Miami’s preseason opener, and finished with just two assists against two turnovers. But Wade was only 2-of-7 from the field, and Chris Bosh was 3-of-13.

The long practice was likely Spoelstra’s way of impressing the importance upon his veterans that the focus needs to improve in order for the team to continue to compete at a high level with LeBron having moved on. But just as it’s been throughout his career, Chalmers may continue to be the one who takes the brunt of the criticism.

NBA players see new TV deal and say owners better not plead poverty now

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“There’s never been a better time to be an owner of an NBA team.”

Ya think?

That statement is from Washington Wizards owner Ted Leonsis, something he said on the stage as the NBA announced a new nine-year television package that will pay the league north of $25 billion. Starting with the 2016-17 season each NBA team should receive double the national television revenue they will get for this season — from $35 to $70 million. Enough that, even after a 50/50 split with the players, it would cover the losses of all but one team reporting to have lost money last season (the Brooklyn Nets paid dearly for their spending spree).

Combine that with NBA franchise values skyrocketing — everyone noticed the Clippers sold for $2 billion — and there are a lot of NBA players looking ahead to the next round of collective bargaining and thinking they want something back.

Back in 2011 the owners said the system was flawed, that the 57 percent of league revenue that went to the players was too high, and they couldn’t make money. LeBron James summed up the feelings of a lot people, as reported by Dave McMenamin of ESPN.

Danny Granger said this in Miami:

Thing is, you know some owner will say they still can’t make money, that the system is unfair.

The NBA players feel they gave up too much in the last CBA — seven percentage points of revenue, plus the length of contracts shrunk. A new, heavy tax system was put in to discourage the building of super teams and to flatten out the talent pool (of course, Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert was one of the hardliners on that, and the first chance he got he went out and formed his own super team).

The players want some givebacks from owners. If not percentage points of revenue (the owners are not going to surrender that) they will want some things.

“Our job will be to ensure that the players receive their fair share… and that we do everything possible to maintain the growth and popularity of the game,” National Basketball Players Association executive director Michele Roberts said in a statement, explaining the line the union wants to walk.

If you think the owners will be in a mood to compromise and not go after a hard cap… how many rich people do you know who say “I’ve made enough, I should make sure my workers get more, too?” That’s not how these people got to be billionaires. Some will want to go for the jugular.

It would be nice to think that since everyone is making money both sides will want to find a fair deal in 2017 when the CBA is opened up again. But the players are already pointing to a harder line than they did back in 2011.