Chandler Parsons is recovering from knee surgery, but he doesn’t need full mobility to help the Mavericks now.
Parsons famously recruited Dwight Howard to the Rockets, and he began the process well before NBA teams could legally contact free agents. The NBA doesn’t view players talking to each other as tampering, which makes a team’s players important ambassadors.
“Shifting into GM mode,” as Parsons called it, is a logical step as far as he is concerned.
“I think it’s kind of like a known thing that I’d like to do that,” he said. “I have a lot of good relationships with a lot of guys. Obviously now with the season just ended, I haven’t talked with them about who or what or whatever, but we’ll take a look here soon. I’ll be in Dallas pretty much all summer, so I’m sure we’ll have those conversations when the time comes.”
So what will be his recruiting pitch?
“We have a great organization,” Parsons said. “We have high expectations. We have the best owner in sports.
“We’re definitely moving in the right direction, and we have a lot of pieces that would fit well with the free agents out there right now. And we have a great coach, so I think we’re moving in the right direction. We’re a championship-caliber team. We’ve just got to get the right pieces. I have great relationships with a lot of guys that are out there.”
The Mavericks should be in the mix for DeAndre Jordan and LaMarcus Aldridge. Dallas is a big enough market in an income-tax-free state to get meetings with top free agents annually.
Parsons should help before those meetings ever occur in July. His pitch won’t sway everyone, but when it comes to max-level players, where the money is the same everywhere outside their current teams, every little bit helps.
And Parsons knows free agents. Not only did he help lure Howard, he said, WHILE THE 2014 NBA FINALS WERE STILL HAPPENING, LeBron James would leave the Heat – and predicted the Cavaliers as his destination. Nobody saw that coming back then.