Chandler Parsons will opt out of the final season of his three-year deal with the Dallas Mavericks. But Parsons won’t re-sign automatically for the Mavs despite his salary cap raised higher than ever.
The 27-year-old is going through the prime time of his career and has posted impressive statistical figures for this season. The Mavs management is eager to retain him as a foundation piece but other teams are sure to pounce on the chance to acquire the forward in the offseason.
Sources closer to Parsons revealed that he might land in his home town, Orlando Magic. Orlando cleared cap space during the deadline for signing two players on max contract. Experts anticipate that Magic will aggressively try to steal Parsons during the offseason, as reported by ESPN.
“My focus right now is solely on finishing this season as strong as possible with the Mavericks,” Parsons reportedly said recently. “It’d be selfish of me and a disservice to this franchise and to my teammates to be thinking about this summer when we have a chance to do something special. We’ll have plenty of time to think about business this summer. It’s basketball season now.”
There are other possibilities too. According to ESPN’s Tim MacMohan, the New York Knicks will pursue Parsons as soon as he hits the free agency.
Starting the season at a slower pace, Parsons lifted his game as the season progressed. In the first two months he averaged 9.2 points per game, which shot up to 18.8 in February. In January, he made strides to reach 16.1 points per game. Parsons can now command a max contract worth $96 million over four years in free agency. The Miami Heat and the Los Angeles Lakers are also expected to pursue Parsons.