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.
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.
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 on Harden: "It's a pretty ridiculous statement, if he meant that. I'm excited to go to DAL. I'm ready for next step, a bigger role." — Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) July 24, 2014
Parsons: "If anybody should understand it's James, since he was in same situation in OKC then he got the chance to come to HOU and shine." — Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) July 24, 2014
Parsons posted a cryptic tweet on Thursday afternoon.
Think before you speak. — Chandler Parsons (@ChandlerParsons) July 24, 2014
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.
- Chris Johnson