As reported by ESPN.com's Marc Stein (h/t Houston Chronicle's Jonathan Feigen), Chandler Parsons signed a three-year, $45 million offer sheet with the Dallas Mavericks. If the Houston Rockets don't match the offer, Parsons will make a huge impact for a team that failed to make it out of the first round of last season’s playoffs.
Tim MacMahon of ESPNDallas.com argues that the hefty contract was ultimately a business move by Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, who is trying to make it difficult for the Rockets to match the offer and keep the restricted free agent on their roster. Regardless, if Parsons does end up going to Dallas, his presence on the team, especially during the playoffs, will pay off for the Mavericks.
Parsons, who has been extremely productive for the Rockets for the last few seasons, could help bring a needed boost to Dallas in the postseason. Just entering his prime at 25 years old, he put up an impressive 1,226 total points last year—a number that has improved year-over-year.
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Parsons is exactly the player the Mavericks need to fill their starting position at small forward and help them when the playoffs roll around.
Take a look at this clip starting at 1:38 from the 2014 playoffs when Houston played the Trail Blazers. Especially impressive are Parsons' three-point shooting skills.
The Mavericks could definitely use some help at small forward, especially when considering last year’s starter, 36-year-old Shawn Marion, is getting older and may be well past his prime. Vince Carter, who played small guard last year for Dallas, but who can also play forward, is also getting closer to retirement and may not be the ideal candidate for the job.
|Chandler Parsons vs. Shawn Marion and Vince Carter (2014 Playoffs)|
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The Mavericks could utilize Parsons to form a powerhouse team in Dallas. By joining him with both Dirk Nowitzki and Tyson Chandler, Dallas would have a powerful front court that could be poised to make a deep playoff run next year.
Nowitzki had an excellent season in Dallas last year, putting up 19.1 points per playoff game. As a center, he needs a reliable small forward to help complement his skill set and increase the Mavericks' per game point totals to take them further in next year's playoffs.
MacMahon discusses the contract and how Nowitzki taking a smaller deal enabled the Mavericks to offer Parsons a higher one.
The hometown-discount deal of Dirk Nowitzki gives the Mavs the luxury of overpaying to upgrade at small forward. Nowitzki's new three-year deal will pay him in the neighborhood of $10 million per season, a number the Rockets would double in a heartbeat if they could get their hands on the sweetest-shooting 7-footer in NBA history... Parsons at $15 million per year? That's an awfully steep price... A Nowitzki-Parsons forward pair at $25 million per year? That's an awesome value.
With $45 million being paid out over the next three years, the 25-year-old Parsons was able to take the night off and rub elbows with his possible future boss—and tweeted this the next day:
Though steep, this deal should benefit both the Mavericks and Parsons, making it a win-win situation for everyone—well, except the Rockets.
Mike Martinez is a contributor for Bleacher Report. You can follow him on Twitter at @MikeMartinezBR