With free agency only 5 days away the rumors are flying as to whom each team will be chasing. The Lakers will be pursuing several free agents this summer, including an aggressive pursuit of Hassan Whiteside. With the most money available this off season, it’s no surprise that multiple options are starting to pop up.
One name floating around is the former Dallas Mavericks small forward Chandler Parsons. The 6’9 forward out of the University of Florida signed a 3 year, $46 million deal with the Dallas Mavericks in 2014. The third year was a player option, which he used to become a free agent this summer. Per Mike Leslie of WFAA8ABC (h/t to @dahiser of Lakers Outsiders):
Parsons will be pursued by the Orlando Magic, the Los Angeles Clippers, and the Los Angeles Lakers, the source says, once free agency opens up on July 1st.
There is still the option that he returns to Dallas, but that doesn’t seem likely. Parsons will likely want a max or close deal, and Mark Cuban may not be willing to offer him that. With the Mavericks intent on pursuing Whiteside, Conley, and re-signing Dirk Nowitzki, it may be impossible to keep Parsons for the price that he is looking for.
Walking Health Risk
Parsons is an excellent 3 point shooter, boasting a phenomenal 41% from beyond the line. In Walton’s system he would be an invaluable asset for this team. He can play both the 2 and 3 so it wouldn’t affect the growth of Ingram very much. That said, his knees are a major health concern. The 2 seasons he played in Dallas, he only averaged 63.5 games due to knee injuries. Even in Houston, he never played beyond 76 games. The front office will have to ask; “is worth it to pay him upwards of $20 million”?
Locker room boost
Parsons is known around the league as a glue guy. Personally, it is no surprise to me that Houston’s chemistry was good for 1 year, but their locker room completely fell apart without Parsons. He would be a huge benefit for players like Russell and Ingram. He would also be a huge help for Luke if the Lakers were able to sign Whiteside, who has a major attitude concern. Only being 27, Parsons might be a solid risk to take for a team that will need good locker room vets to help guide the young core to greatness.