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Chandler Parsons ‘offended’ by way Rockets treated him in free agency

Chandler-Parsons-RocketsChandler Parsons is glad that the Houston Rockets ultimately chose to not match the offer he received from the Dallas Mavericks. While Mark Cuban was partying with Parsons and treating him like a top priority, the Rockets were out looking to see if they could do better. That did not sit well with the former Florida star.

On Monday, Parsons told Yahoo Sports that he was “offended” by the way the Rockets treated him in free agency.

“Honestly, I was offended by the whole process,” he said. “They publicly said that they were going out looking for a third star when I thought they had one right in front of them. I guess that’s just how they viewed me as a player. I don’t think I’ve scratched the surface of where I can be as a player and I think I’m ready for that role.”

The Rockets were looking to shed the salary cap space needed to sign Chris Bosh, Carmelo Anthony or LeBron James. They would not have been able to keep Parsons if they signed one of the aforementioned superstars, which means Parsons wasn’t their first, second, or third option.

Rather than matching the Mavericks’ offer of three years and $46 million, Houston let Parsons walk and signed Trevor Ariza to a three-year, $32 million deal.

“You can’t knock them for always trying to get better,” Parsons added. “[Houston general manager] Daryl Morey is very aggressive, is a genius, a great GM and I have nothing but respect for those guys. And they are looking to make their team better. That’s what they were doing. I just thought I could be that guy that could do that.”

On one hand, you could argue that the Rockets did Parsons a favor by opting out of the final year of his contract, which would have paid him south of $1 million. That allowed the 25-year-old, who averaged 16.6 points and 5.5 rebounds per game last season, to make more money now. Despite that, Parsons said he is upset he was misled.

“Throughout the whole process they pretty much told me they were going to match everything,” he said. “I understand it’s a business. I understand they had to do what they thought was best for their organization. It definitely caught me off-guard a little bit.”

In the end, it probably worked out. Parsons should want to play where he is wanted more, which is obviously in Dallas. An average annual salary of $15 million is just fine for a player of his caliber.

Chris Bosh reportedly considering max offer from Rockets

Chris-Bosh-Thunder-fans-normalMost of us assume that LeBron James will be the first big domino to fall in free agency, but that may not be true if the market for Chris Bosh continues to sizzle. In order to return to the Miami Heat, Bosh is obviously going to have to take less than a max contract. According to ESPN’s Chris Broussard, he would also have to pass on a maximum contract offer from a very good team.

Bosh has reportedly been offered a max contract of four years and $88 million from the Houston Rockets. Broussard also notes that Bosh is warming to the idea of signing with Houston after speaking with LeBron over the weekend.

A previous report indicated that Bosh would prefer to sign max contract with a new team over taking a discount to remain with the Heat. Given all the insane rumors we have heard about LeBron potentially returning to Cleveland, maybe Bosh is starting to lean toward moving on from Miami.

Bosh already has two rings. He’s not trying to stockpile rings like LeBron, Kobe Bryant or Tim Duncan, because he knows he is never going to be considered one of the best NBA players of all time. With that in mind, why wouldn’t he want to get paid? It’s not like he’s considering a max offer from a terrible team. The Rockets are a legitimate NBA Finals contender.

While Bosh will likely wait until he is sure of LeBron’s future to make a final decision, he could actually push James out of Miami if he signs with the Rockets first. It would be tough for Pat Riley to convince LeBron he is going to improve the Heat if Bosh leaves. If the Heat subtract instead of adding, LeBron is more likely to skip town.

Jeremy Lin seemingly responds to Rockets ‘giving’ Carmelo Anthony his number

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While trying to flatter Carmelo Anthony before his free agent visit on Wednesday, the Houston Rockets also insulted Jeremy Lin. Photos of Anthony wearing No. 7 were plastered on the Toyota Center to show him what he would look like in a Rockets uniform. The issue with that is No. 7 currently belongs to Lin, who is still under contract with the team.

Shortly after photos of Anthony on the Rockets’ arena went viral, Lin sent the following tweet.

As many of you know, Lin is very religious. We’d be shocked if that Bible passage wasn’t directed at Houston’s disrespectful gesture. But we’re not surprised that Lin, who has been overlooked throughout his career, seems willing to turn the other cheek.

Everyone knows Carmelo wears No. 7 and that Lin’s salary would probably need to be dumped if Anthony decides to sign with the Rockets, but there are other ways the team could have courted ‘Melo. They didn’t need to toss one of their own aside.

Photo via @MarkBermanFox26

Rockets have signs with Carmelo Anthony wearing Jeremy Lin’s No. 7

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The Houston Rockets are hosting Carmelo Anthony for a free agent visit on Wednesday. Just like the Chicago Bulls did on Tuesday, the Rockets have decorated their arena with photos that show Carmelo Anthony in a Houston uniform. The Rockets, however, may have insulted one of their own players in the process.

The videoboard outside the Toyota Center featured Anthony wearing a Rockets No. 7 jersey — the same number he wore with the New York Knicks. Jeremy Lin, who is still under contract with the Rockets, wore No. 7 last year.

It is widely assumed that Lin and his $8.3 million salary for next season will have to be cleared if Anthony decides to sign with Houston. Still, that’s kind of messed up.

H/T Pro Basketball Talk
Photo via @MarkBermanFox26

Rockets will reportedly let Chandler Parsons become restricted free agent

Chandler ParsonsThe Houston Rockets will reportedly decline the fourth-year option on Chandler Parsons’ contract, making him a restricted free agent this summer. While it may seem bizarre that the team would choose not to pay a player like Parsons $960,000 for the final year of his deal, there are a number of factors at play for the Rockets.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the Rockets are determined to clear as much cap space as they can so they can pursue a third max-contract free agent to join Dwight Howard and James Harden. Targets could include Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James and Chris Bosh. The possibility of a sign-and-trade for Kevin Love also exists.

If the Rockets ultimately plan to keep Parsons, this could allow them to sign him to a more team-friendly long-term deal than they would have gotten if he became an unrestricted free agent after the 2014-2015 season. This way, Parsons may be more excited — for lack of a better term — about negotiating since he will be earning far more money in 2014-2015 than he would have if Houston picked up his option.

Parsons averaged 16.6 points and 5.5 rebounds per game this past season. He has improved dramatically in each of his first three NBA seasons, and he’ll likely command a contract with an average annual value of more than $10 million. Should the Rockets decide he is worth that much money to them, they can match any offer that comes his way. This gives them more leverage and a better chance to keep him long-term.

Kevin Durant on Rockets: ‘Those dudes can’t check me one-on-one’

Kevin DurantKevin Durant is averaging a career-high 32.1 points per game this season and is likely going to win the NBA MVP award. Not many teams have been able to slow him down, but the Houston Rockets were able to hold him to a modest 7-for-19 shooting night on Friday. Durant still scored 28 points, but his 36.8% shooting was one of the Oklahoma City Thunder star’s worst games of the year.

After the game, Durant was asked if the Rockets frustrated him by playing so physically. The normally soft-spoken star briefly broke character.

“They wasn’t playing one-on-one, it was one-on-three,” Durant said, via Clutch Fans. “They were funneling on me with two or three guys. Before I got the ball they had two guys on me. Those dudes can’t check me one-on-one. They know that. I ain’t afraid to say it either. I was playing with double-teams, triple-teams, but you still gotta find a way to do it. They’re physical like everybody else.”

The Rockets probably don’t care if they can check Durant one-on-one. They won the game, which is more important than being able to brag about shutting one of the best players in the game down with one-on-one defense.

The Thunder and Rockets are two of the better teams in the Western Conference. They could very well meet again in the playoffs, so perhaps Durant is trying to get Houston’s head a bit by challenging them. We wouldn’t doubt it.

H/T Bleacher Report

Houston Rockets players accused of taunting server with homophobic slurs

Rockets-logoThe Houston Rockets have been accused of hurling homophobic slurs at a gay food server while he was setting up the buffet in their locker room at the Barclays Center last year. Rasean Tate, 28, filed a discrimination lawsuit against the team earlier this week.

According to the NY Daily News, the lawsuit alleges that several Rockets players taunted Tate while he had his back turned.

“Get this f—-t out of here!” an unnamed player allegedly said. “He’s trying to catch a sneaky peeky!”

Tate’s lawyer Marjorie Masador claimed the insults were “loud and gregarious” and that several players harassed him with their voices overlapping. A Brooklyn Nets representative claims to have witnessed the taunting, at which point he told Tate to leave the locker room so he could finish setting up the buffet.

“I think there’s a bit of irony that this occurred in the same place where a person’s (Jason Collins) sexual identity is accepted and welcomed with openness, while in the same place a visiting team chose to degrade Rasean and set us back,” Masador said.

I don’t really think the Nets signing Collins has any relevance to the lawsuit, but it certainly doesn’t sound good for the Rockets. The team has not commented on the alleged incident, while the Nets reportedly apologized to the catering manager from Tate’s company and had their players attend a class on “tolerance and sensitivity training.” Neither the Nets nor the Barclays center are being sued.

Tate also said he was suspended without pay in January for failing to follow instructions, but he believes the suspension was a result of his sexual harassment suit. Unless there is a lot more to the story than what we have heard, this has settlement written all over it for the Rockets.