Dallas Mavericks forward Chandler Parsons says he was "offended" by the way the Houston Rockets went about their process to find a third star to play along side Dwight Howard and James Harden.
Houston aggressively tried to sign free-agents Chris Bosh and Carmelo Anthony and ended up signing none of them. Bosh re-signed with the Miami Heat, and Anthony decided to stay with the New York Knicks.
"Honestly, I was offended by the whole process," Parsons told Yahoo Sports. "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."
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The Rockets decided not to match the Mavericks' three-year, $46 million offer sheet for Parsons, instead signing former Washington Wizards forward Trevor Ariza to a four-year, $32 million deal.
"You can't knock them for always trying to get better. [Houston general manager] Daryl Morey is very aggressive, is a genius, a great GM and I have nothing but respect for those guys," Parsons said. "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."
Parsons, 25, averaged 16.6 points, 5.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game last season.
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