Chandler Parsons, who signed with the Memphis Grizzlies during free agency this summer, nearly joined the Portland Trail Blazers, per several reports.
Both Grizzlies and Trail Blazers offered Parsons a four-year maximum contract worth $94.7 million.
However, Parsons chose Memphis over Portland after he went with his heart, according to the talented wing.
The Blazers would proceed to sign Festus Ezeli and Evan Turner in free agency, before extending key players such as Allen Crabbe, C.J. McCollom and Maurice Harkless. But it wasn’t before aggressively pursuing Parsons.
According to reports, the Blazers were represented by Neil Olshey, Terry Stotts, Paul Allen and Damian Lillard during their meeting with Parsons, who was reportedly blown away with the presentation.
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However, Parsons chose to go with the Grizzlies instead.
“I was close (to signing with Portland). They have a great thing going,” the fringe all-star told Ronald Tillery of Memphis Commercial Appeal.
“Obviously, you see how talented that team is with those two guards. I had nothing against them. I went with my heart on this one. I’m happy in Memphis,” added Parsons.
Parsons, who spent two seasons with Dallas Mavericks after being drafted by the Houston Rockets, has emerged as one of the best 3-and-D players in the league over the last few seasons.
However, perennial injury woes have proven to be determent to his teams’ playoff chances.
But David Fizdale, coach of the Grizzlies, is confident that Parsons would be a key member of Memphis going forward.
“You miss months of high-level, high intensity basketball and it takes a little time. And he is learning a new system with some new teammates.
There is a lot of stuff that he is trying to get together while he is trying to get his own game together,” said Fizdale of Parsons.
On Sunday, Chandler Parsons made his season debut during the loss to Portland Trail Blazers. Parsons played just 22 minutes and missed eight field goals.