Five Things to Know About Chandler Parsons's First Journey Into Free Agency
There was a time when the summer silly season in the NBA, the time of year when free agency and player movement rule the day, was a non-starter here in the city of Houston.
Photo by Jose Garcia Parsons' got options for his free agency, but which will he choose?
Sure, we'd all get really excited and delude ourselves into thinking "THIS could be the summer that a championship structure begins to take shape," like we did four years ago when an iPad-toting Daryl Morey made the trek to court Chris Bosh. We all know how that ended, with Bosh winning rings in Miami and with the Rockets stuck in 42 win purgatory for two more years.
It all bottomed out in July 2012 when Morey was asking us to tweet Omer Asik about how much we all loved him (even though about 65 percent of Rocket fans had no idea who he was), which felt like having one of your buddies go ask the ugly chick at the bar at 2:00 a.m. if she was "going anywhere after this."
Then, James Harden happened. Then, last summer, Dwight Howard happened.
Point being, summer always mattered for the Rockets, but now the Rockets matter. So here we are, and the summer of 2014 is about to tip off on Tuesday, and the Rockets made one big domino official over the weekend:
Forward Chandler Parsons was officially informed he would be a restricted free agent, with the Rockets turning down the option on the fourth year of his rookie deal.
By turning down the option on the final year of Parsons' deal, it sends the fourth year forward into restricted free agency, which gives the Rockets a greater degree of control over Parsons' future with the team, as restricted free agency gives the incumbent team three days to match any offer sheet the player may receive from another team.
For the benefit of Rocket fans and teenage girls throughout the Houston area, here are a few of the things you need to know for Chandler Parsons' first journey into free agency:
5. This is a star studded free agent class. Does that make Parsons more or less likely to change teams?
Before answering that question, let's assess where Parsons is amongst the stars in this free agency class. CBS Sports' Matt Moore currently ranks Parsons ninth in his latest free agency Top 40. In plain English, Parsons is firmly near the top of the second tier of forwards after LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh, and Dirk Nowitzki. Of course, among those four guys, the only one seen as a likely defector from his incumbent team is Anthony, so in theory, Parsons could be viewed by many teams as the second best forward "on the market." Which brings us to....