Mavericks deliver offer sheet to Chandler Parsons; Rockets expected to match


The Dallas Morning News

The Dallas Mavericks formally delivered the offer sheet for Chandler Parsons to the Rockets this afternoon, ending any chance of a sign and trade for the small forward.

The clock will start ticking. tonight on the Rockets, who will have 72 hours to decide whether to match the three-year, $46-million deal.

While reports from Houston have indicated that the team will match the offer, the Rockets are certain to wait until the last minute to do so because that ties the Mavericks' hands in executing any Plan B scenarios. Plus, the Rockets still are in negotiations with Chris Bosh and if they are unable to land him, it might make them hesitate on matching Parsons' deal.

And if the Rockets do match the offer?

"We've got a lot of grease boards in that office up there with lots of different scenarios," president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson said. "I can't tell you which scenario is going pan out, but one of them is going to pan out.

"We will have a small forward with the Mavericks next year. Guaranteed."

On the flip side, Nelson said if Parsons ends up with Dallas it should make the Mavericks a formidable challenger in the Western Conference.

"The West is so thick from top to bottom, but I don't think we'd take a second seat to anybody," he said.

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