Chandler Parsons could pull off a LeBron James and take his talents to South Beach. But Miami Heat fans would have to wait four more years for that to happen. The sweet-shooting wingman won’t be a free agent until 2020.
After stints with the Houston Rockets and Dallas Mavericks, Parsons signed a four-year, $94 million deal with the Memphis Grizzlies earlier this offseason. The Grizzlies might not be the last team he plays for when everything is said and done.
Responding to an inquisitive social media follower this week, the former University of Florida Gator stated that he could play for the Miami Heat later in his career. He could also suit up for the Orlando Magic in the future.
His tweet is definitely music to the ears of Heat president Pat Riley and Magic general manager Rob Hennigan. However, four years is a long time in the NBA. Parsons may not be the same type of player he is now.
All U Can Heat indicated that Parsons is versatile enough to play both forward positions. He can stretch the offense as a catch-and-shoot scorer or be the ball handler in the pick-and-roll. He was the most effective playmaker off the pick-and-roll for the Mavericks this past season.
No one really paid attention to Parsons when he came into the league in 2011. The Houston Rockets selected him with the 38th pick in the second round of that year’s Rookie Draft.
Parsons quickly proved NBA scouts wrong as he began outperforming many of his rookie peers. He steadily rose through the ranks and was selected to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team during the end of the 2011-12 season.
A slew of season-ending injuries has prevented him from earning lucrative contract extensions from both the Rockets and Mavericks. Despite his constant knee issues, Parsons still managed to put up 17.6 points, 5.6 rebounds and 4.1 assists after the All-Star break last season, as per CBS Sports.
Apparently, that was enough for the Grizzlies to pursue him in free agency. New head coach David Fizdale will be counting on Parsons to modernize the team’s antiquated style of offense. The 6-foot-10 combo forward will be joining seasoned veterans Mike Conley, Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol.
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