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Report: Magic Expected to Make Strong Play for Parsons
Tuesday, March 1
According to ESPN.com's Tim MacMahon, Parsons is expected to opt out of his contract at the end of the season, and sources close to him believe the Orlando Magic have a strong chance of prying him away from the Mavs.
The 27-year-old Parsons is a native of Casselberry, Florida, who attended the University of Florida and was a Magic fan as a child, per MacMahon. That has inevitably led to plenty of speculation that he could be Orlando bound.
Despite the outside noise, Parsons insisted he is only worried about the remainder of the 2015-16 campaign, as the 32-28 Mavericks look to make a playoff run, according to MacMahon:
My focus right now is solely on finishing this season as strong as possible with the Mavericks. It'd be selfish of me and a disservice to this franchise and to my teammates to be thinking about this summer when we have a chance to do something special. We'll have plenty of time to think about business this summer. It's basketball season now.
Dallas signed Parsons away from the Houston Rockets as a restricted free agent prior to the 2014-15 season, and the former second-round pick has been a key part of the Mavs' success.
After averaging 15.7 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game in 2014-15, he is putting up 13.3 points, 4.4 boards and 2.5 dimes per contest this season.
Per Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News, those numbers are likely to land him a massive contract in free agency:
Likely $23M per for Chandler Parsons on the market. This is why Kevin Durant at $27M is so enticing for the Warriors https://t.co/7b4fCXsIX1— Tim Kawakami (@timkawakami) March 1, 2016
According to MacMahon, sources close to Parsons also suggested he has concerns about whether head coach Rick Carlisle views him as a franchise player.
The young Magic could potentially sell him on that platform since they have plenty of talent but no established top dog aside from center Nikola Vucevic.
Parsons is a true do-everything player who excels at both ends of the court, which is why teams will almost certainly line up to sign him this offseason.
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