Twitter Q&As can be a fun, informal way for NBA players not only to interact with fans, but to lend a bit of early insight into their doings and dealings as well.
Obviously Chandler’s first, most pressing concern is whether or not the Rockets will exercise their $960,000 team option on the third-year forward.
Let’s be blunt: At a shade under $1 million, Chandler Parsons is, by far, one of the best bargains in all of basketball—a versatile offensive player whose game has only grown since arriving NBA-side.
But, as SB Nation’s Drew Garrison notes, it’s a bit more complicated than the price tag might suggest:
If the team picks up the cheap option on his contract, Parsons will become an unrestricted free agent after the 2014-15 season, putting his future with Houston in question. If they decline his option this summer he becomes a restricted free agent, allowing the team to match any contract offer.
The only real question is whether Daryl Morey may look to ink Parsons to some kind of long-term extension. However, given Houston’s rather precarious cap situation, that scenario likely won’t play out until next summer, when Parsons could become an unrestricted free agent.
So what if Parsons winds up walking a year from now? Any destinations on the radar screen?
It’s pretty hard to read anything into this other than, well, that Chandler Parsons thinks Milwaukee is beautiful. Which it is. Totally underrated city.
As for who he thinks will take the cake in the NBA Finals, well, don’t discount the power of Western-Conference loyalty:
Then there was this guy trying to be a wiseacre.
Parsons also took time to field some of his fans’ more flippant inquiries.
So there you have it: A brief look into the mind of a basketball heartthrob. Or something.
As for the actual basketball side of things, Parsons' future offers a fascinating look into the double-edged sword of the NBA’s bargain-bin economics: where one day’s value pick is the next day’s tough decision.
Here’s what we know: Parsons has shown improvement nearly across the board since being taken with the 38th overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft.
On a team with such top-heavy contractual obligations, Parsons' dynamism has been indispensable. Now we get to see how much such skills are really worth.