Dwight Howard, the Houston Rockets center, is set to decline his 2016-17 player option to hit free agency in July. According to several reports, Howard will be courted by Dallas Mavericks and Chandler Parsons, who was instrumental in recruiting the former all-star to Houston back in 2013.
Even though Parsons can also enter free agency, it’s likely that the wing picks up his player option and remain put in Dallas, while trying to recruit Howard. On Thursday, Parsons told ESPN.com that he’s “excited” about the forthcoming free agency.
“We (Howard and I) have ongoing talks and text messages still to this day. He’s one of my good friends. It’s cool that we could have the opportunity to go into free agency this summer together. When the time comes this summer, we’ll definitely be spending some time together and talking,” said the small forward.
Dwight Howard and history repeating itself?
Ironically, it was Parsons who denied Dallas the opportunity to sign Howard back in 2013. While Mavericks and Houston Rockets indulged in free agency wars for Howard, Parsons helped his former team secure the services of the superstar big man. A few seasons after that, Parsons switched allegiances from Houston to Dallas but never stopped keeping in touch with Howard.
ESPNDallas.com reporter Tim MacMahon revealed few days ago of Dallas’ latest free agency plans for Howard. “Sources says the Mavericks’ interest in Dwight Howard as a free agent this summer will be dependent on the price. The Mavs do not intend to be in on the bidding for Howard if it’s in the neighborhood of a max contract, which would have a starting salary of more than $30 million.
“The Mavs made Howard their primary target and offered a max contract in 2013, when the center signed with the Rockets. However, concerns about the 30-year-old Howard’s durability and desire have caused the Mavs to decide that he isn’t worth a nine-figure investment over four years at this point,” wrote MacMahon.
Will Chandler Parsons and Dwight Howard reunite in Dallas? Granted that Howard is no longer the elite big man he was in 2013, but he’d be a significant upgrade to Zaza Pachulia. Or is there a possibility that Parsons and Howard take their talents elsewhere?