1 » Signing his three-year, $46 million offer sheet with the Dallas Mavericks early Thursday morning, former Florida Gators forward Chandler Parsons ensured he will be well paid over the next few seasons of his career. Which team will be paying him, however, remains to be seen. As a restricted free agent under the control of the Houston Rockets, Parsons could wind up back in Houston if the team chooses to match the sheet he signed with Dallas. A report Thursday from the Houston Chronicle‘s Jonathan Feigen noted that the Rockets plan to match Parsons’s offer sheet from the Mavericks as long as the franchise can get free agent Chris Bosh signed as well.
If not, Houston appears to be willing to let Parsons go…if it can get something in return; the team’s concern is Parsons eating up otherwise available 2015-16 cap space. Dallas general manager Donnie Nelson told reporters Thursday afternoon that the Mavericks and Rockets are engaged in sign-and-trade conversations, which explains why Dallas has not yet submitted Parsons’s offer sheet to Houston.
In a sign-and-trade scenario, the Rockets would accept the terms of the deal and ship him out for compensation, likely players and draft picks. Once the Mavericks make that move, Houston will have 72 hours to either sign Parsons to the same deal or allow Dallas to sign him outright. Update: At approximately 3 p.m. on Thursday, the Mavericks sent the signed offer sheet to the Rockets, giving Houston until Sunday at 3 p.m. to match Dallas’s deal.
A source close to the situation told OnlyGators.com exclusively Wednesday night that Parsons hopes to play for the Mavericks, not the Rockets, next season.
2 » Parsons is not the only hot former Gators free agent as F Mike Miller continues to be one of the most talked-about pieces on the open market. Reports Wednesday had Miller and the Denver Nuggets closing in on terms, while others noted that Miller has become a target for the Cleveland Cavaliers should the team be able to bring LeBron James back into the fold. On Thursday afternoon, Memphis Grizzlies sideline reporter Rob Fischer noted on Twitter that negotiations between Miller and Memphis are “ongoing and positive” with the Grizzlies’ current offer being “higher than [the] initial offer previously reported.” As OnlyGators.com has been reporting for nearly a month, Miller is looking for $4-5 million per season and prefers a three-year deal. He hopes to finish his career in Memphis but could certainly be persuaded by more money from Denver or the opportunity to play with James in Cleveland.