FOUR BITS: Parsons, softball, Pouncey, Boynton

By Adam Silverstein
June 4, 2014

1 » The Houston Rockets have chosen to decline the fourth-year option in forward Chandler Parsons’s rookie contract, making him a restricted free agent this summer. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, who first reported the team’s decision, the Rockets have every intention of bringing Parsons back but will decline his $960,000 option in hopes of “match[ing] an offer sheet and retain[ing] Parsons on a longer-term contract.” Houston is also looking to keep its cap space this summer so it can go after another big-name free agent. If the Rockets were to otherwise pick up Parsons’s option, he would be an unrestricted free agent next summer with the ability to go to the highest-paying suitor. Speaking with league executives, Wojnarowski estimates that Parsons holds a value of $12-13 million annually. Houston selected Parsons with the No. 38 overall pick in the second round of the 2011 NBA Draft but signed him to a first round-caliber deal. He has seriously outplayed his rookie contract, averaging 16.6 points, 5.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists in his third NBA season.

2 » Florida Gators softball fans can welcome home the 2014 NCAA National Champions on Wednesday. The school will open Pressly Softball Stadium at 5 p.m. with a championship celebration expected to begin 30-90 minutes later. The event, which will include highlights and live interviews, can also be viewed live here.

3 » Miami Dolphins center Mike Pouncey has been under well-deserved fire over the last year for a number of transgressions. He showed public support – and was unapologetic about doing so – after tight end Aaron Hernandez was arrested for murder, was named as a key figure of the team’s bullying scandal, got served a subpoena to testify in Massachusetts as questions were raised about his relationship with Hernandez, and sent an ill-conceived tweet relating to the aforementioned bullying scandal during the 2014 NFL Draft. Pouncey’s maturity and leadership have both been questioned, and he has refused to take accountability for his actions by saying he has no regrets for what has transpired in the last year.

But as his brother, Pittsburgh Steelers C Maurkice Pouncey told the Pittsburgh Tribune, Mike Pouncey is quite bothered by everything that has been going on recently. “I’m really, really close with him and for them to keep torturing him like that, man, it’s terrible for him,” Maurkice said of Mike being ordered by the NFL to get a mental health evaluation. “But he’s strong and motivated about things. He’s kind of just not talking to them right now, but with time, everything passes over, and that’s what we’re planning on. He’s outgoing like me and it’s [tough] he has to tone it down, but they kind of take stuff and run with it. I wish it could be a lot different for him, because I know he’s stressed out about it.”

4 » Former Gators guard Kenny Boynton worked out for the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday, participating in a free agent minicamp at the team’s practice facility. Boynton last played for the Los Angeles Lakers Summer League team but did not find a home in the NBA last season, instead playing in Israel where he averaged 12.3 points per game and shot 33.7 percent from three for Galil Gilboa.

One Comment

  1. Ken (CA) says:

    Great stuff Adam! Happened to check in just in time to catch the celebration. Any idea how many were there? They never showed any big crowd shots.

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