Chandler Parsons is the John Calipari, the secret weapon recruiter for NBA teams. His efforts were part of the reason Dwight Howard chose Houston a few years back.
Now a Maverick, Parsons was heavily involved in recruiting DeAndre Jordan to the Mavericks. And it worked… at first. After verbally committing to the Mavericks Jordan changed his mind and in the final 24 hours decided he wanted to stay with the Clippers and re-signed with them. Without so much as a phone call to Dallas.
Chandler Parsons was bent about how all this went down.
“He wasn’t ready for being a franchise player. He was scared,” Parsons said. “He was scared to take the next step in his career. There was no other reason other than that he was comfortable and he has friendships there. How you make a business decision like that is beyond me. How you ignore an owner like Mark who is in your hometown just waiting for a chance to talk to you is beyond me.
“I don’t think he made a mistake. I think he’ll be good in L.A. He’s got a good team, he’s got a great point guard, he’s got Blake, but I think he could have been a superstar in Dallas. He could have been the man in Dallas. Never in a million years did I think that this was even a possibility.
“I’ll still be friends with him, but I can’t get over the way that he’s put our entire franchise in jeopardy. It’s normal to get cold feet. It’s normal to get second thoughts, but you don’t back out of a commitment of this much magnitude this late in the game and just leave us high and dry.”
First off, I want Mavericks at the Clippers on opening night, then the Clippers at the Mavericks on Christmas. Make this happen, NBA schedule makers.
Part of the frustration for Parsons, Mark Cuban and the rest of the Mavericks — and a concern about other teams around the league — is that there was a cascade of other moves by teams based on Jordan going to the Mavs. It started with Dallas signing Wesley Matthews — Cuban said he offered to let Matthews out of the deal, but Matthews wanted to stay with Dallas. Beyond that a lot of moves and trades — Roy Hibbert, Kosta Koufos and others — might have been different if Jordan had said from the start he would be a Clipper. Cuban said the Mavs may have decided to tank the season if that had been the case.
In the end, Jordan landed where he wanted to be, and he didn’t violate any rules.
But he’s made more than a few enemies.