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Mavs Don’t Plan To Offer Max To Chandler Parsons

Chandler Parsons is heading for free agency after turning down his player option for 2016/17 with the Mavericks, and while Dallas has interest in bringing back the veteran forward, the team has made it clear to Parsons that it doesn’t intend to offer him a max contract, reports Tim MacMahon of Parsons’ camp, meanwhile, remains confident that he’ll command a max deal on the open market.

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A report earlier this week indicated that the Mavericks’ top targets in free agency will be Hassan Whiteside and Mike Conley, and that the team would be willing to part ways with Parsons if it can acquire those two players. Dallas is willing to take the risk of Parsons reaching a deal with another team while the Mavs pursue their top targets, since Whiteside and Conley are believed to have interest in Dallas, says MacMahon.

If Parsons does leave Dallas, the Mavericks could pursue a replacement in free agency. MacMahon reports that Evan Fournier, Kent Bazemore, Evan Turner, and Marvin Williams are among the players the Mavs are looking at, assuming they have cap room to spend on a small forward. If they don’t have that spending flexibility, the Mavs wouldn’t mind having Justin Anderson taking on a larger role at the position.

As for Parsons, he will be “all ears” when potential suitors come calling in free agency, and looks forward to exploring his options, sources tell MacMahon. Despite undergoing multiple surgical procedures on his knee, Parsons has received clearance to resume basketball activities and multiple orthopedic specialists have expressed optimism that his knee trouble won’t derail or jeopardize his career.

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14 thoughts on “Mavs Don’t Plan To Offer Max To Chandler Parsons

  1. Z.....

    Injury history and zero defense guy that is better with ball in hands. He is the backup plan to others like Batum this offseason. Not really a priority type of free agent

    • Miklo916

      Totally agree. I have a feeling my kings are going to do something stupid and offer him a big deal. I so hope they don’t

  2. MiamiPhins34

    If any team offers him a deal that doesn’t protect them in a knee injury situation, they’re incredibly dumb.

  3. Definitely not a max contract guy. Played poor defense and never rebounded. Scored in spurts on occasion but nothing to justify a 90mil deal. His knees would be a HUGE red flag going further no matter what the experts say.

  4. GeauxRangers

    This is great news

  5. Ravens_Last_Place

    Max contract? Yeah, I want one too!

    Breaking News: I, just like Chandler Parsons, will not be getting a max contract from an NBA team this year or ever.

    • Cyborgspider

      Someone will pay him. May be the dumbest contract in history, but teams have money to burn.

      • Ravens_Last_Place

        They’ll pay him. But they won’t max-contract-pay him.

  6. GeauxRangers

    Now if only we could get rid of Wes Matthews

    • Really? The guy came off a career threatening injury and played his tail off. Played more minutes than anyone else on the roster this year. I look for him to be even better next year. He is the best defender that we have.

      • frg214

        For sure. Like you said one of the best defenders the Mavs have and has a perimeter shot. If he can polish his shooting a little more he does have a chance to be an even better player next year. As for Parsons as much as it’s nice when he’s lighting it up he way too much of an injury liability and a terrible defender.

    • JPSonOfJohn

      Yes, yes, yes. Even if Mavs have to eat part of the contract, they will still free up cap room, I think.

      • You have to find a team under the Cap that wants him and you can’t eat contracts in the NBA that are guaranteed. You still have to pay and still counts against the Cap.

  7. Wildboyz

    I like Parsons for the Knicks, if they don’t get Durant or Turner, he seems to be a fit for the “triangle”.

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