The Chess Match Between the Dallas Mavericks and the Houston Rockets

Apr 30, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets forward Chandler Parsons (25) shoots the ball during the second quarter against the Portland Trail Blazers in game five of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Richardson-USA TODAY Sports

The Rockets are the presumed favorites to land Chris Bosh, should the nine-time all star decide to leave South Beach. With the rumors of LeBron James returning to Cleveland swirling about, many have already begun picturing what a Houston team with Bosh in the fold would look like. However, you may have to visualize that team without small forward Chandler Parsons.

Seizing the opportunity to put its division rival in a precarious situation, Dallas has inked Parsons, a restricted free agent, to a three-year offer sheet that is worth over $45 million. Houston has three days to make a decision on whether or not to retain its starting small forward.

Where Rockets GM Daryl Morey goes from here, is that he now has three days to ramp up his efforts to convince Bosh to team up with James Harden and Dwight Howard. If he is unsuccessful in his pursuit – Bosh is in Ghana right now, which may make that a difficult task to get done – Houston can no longer sign Bosh and keep Parsons.

That is why according to Marc Stein, the two sides are exploring the possibility of a sign-and-trade. No players beyond Parsons have been mentioned publicly yet, but the deal seems to hinge more on whether the Rockets prioritize Bosh and can actually get the Dallas native to return to the lone star state.

If the Mavericks do land Parsons, it will represent a revamped front court, that once again includes Tyson Chandler. Last season, Dallas utilized an exciting offensive trio of Dirk Nowitzki, Monta Ellis and Jose Calderon to push the champion Spurs to a game seven, in the first round of the playoffs.

While the team scored 109 points per 100 possesions, it struggled defensively, surrendering 105.9 points a possession, per Bringing Chandler back into the fold provides the team with a rim protector and while Parsons is more of an offensive oriented player, he does represent a slight upgrade from what the Mavericks had defensively, last season.

Bringing in a player who is 25-years-old and averaged 16.6 points, 5.5 rebounds and 4 assists last season, represents an upgrade that came about because Dallas acted fast and took advantage of a rival’s predicament. Now, they’re on the verge of checkmate.


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