Chandler Parsons said Wednesday that the Houston Rockets told him to seek out the best deal "for your career" and that they planned on matching any offer sheet he signed.
Parsons, who spent his first three seasons in Houston, joined the Dallas Mavericks this summer after Houston declined to match a three-year, $46 million maximum offer sheet.
Parsons has said that he took offense to Houston's pursuit of a third star to play alongside James Harden and Dwight Howard.
When asked about Parsons' departure last week, Howard said, "it won't affect us at all."
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General manager Daryl Morey described Dallas' offer sheet to Parsons as one of the most "untradable structures" he's ever seen.
In an article Thursday in The Phillipine Star, Harden didn't express concern after an offseason that has been widely panned and described by SI.com as "tumultuous."
Harden said he’s looking forward to playing for the US at the World Cup. Training camp begins Monday. As for the Rockets’ future, Harden said he’s not worried that Jeremy Lin has left for the Los Angeles Lakers and Chandler Parsons for the Dallas Mavericks. “Dwight (Howard) and I are the cornerstones of the Rockets,” said Harden. “The rest of the guys are role players or pieces that complete our team. We’ve lost some pieces and added some pieces. I think we’ll be fine next season.”
Parsons responded to Harden's comments in a radio interview. Part of the interview was relayed on Twitter by Basketball Insiders' Alex Kennedy.
Parsons posted a cryptic tweet on Thursday afternoon.
Parsons, 25, averaged 16.6 points, 5.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists last season, posting a 15.9 Player Efficiency Rating and 7.6 Win Shares.
A second-round pick out of Florida in 2011, Parsons just completed the third year of a four-year, $3.6 million deal.
The Mavericks, who also re-signed star forward Dirk Nowitzki this offseason, won 49 games and earned the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference before falling to the San Antonio Spurs in the first round of the playoffs.
The Rockets won 54 games and earned the No. 4 seed before losing to the Portland Trail Blazers in the first round.
Houston traded guard Jeremy Lin and center Omer Asik, failed to land Heat big man Chris Bosh and added forward Trevor Ariza.
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On Friday's SI Now, host Maggie Gray and Sports Illustrated senior writer Chris Mannix breakdown team rosters after the free agency shake ups around the NBA.
- Chris Johnson