Barely a week after the Houston Rockets got the boot from the NBA playoffs, it appears that Chandler Parsons is trying to improve his Dallas Mavericks team by trying to convince Houston's Patrick Beverley to join him in Dallas.
“I hear from Chandler [Parsons] every day. It’s hard, but I try not to think about it. I can’t talk about contracts. It’s going to be a fun summer. I have put myself in a position to be set for life and that’s something that I never thought was possible growing up,” Beverley told the Houston Chronicle.
Beverley and Parsons’ career paths are somewhat similar: Both were unheralded second-round picks in their respective NBA Drafts, with Beverley the 42nd overall pick in 2009 and Parsons the 38th overall pick in 2011, and both had to prove themselves as legitimate starters in the league.
Parsons was a restricted free agent signed by the Rockets after the 2013-14 season when the Mavericks swooped in with a big-money contract offer, which the Houston brass decided not to match.
Similarly, Beverley is a restricted free agent in the upcoming offseason and the Rockets have the right to match any offer and retain him. However, like Parsons free agency situation, the Rockets may decide to let him go if the price tag for the defensive point guard is too high for Houston, which already has high-salaried players in franchise players James Harden ($15.75 million per year) and Dwight Howard ($21.8 million per year).
Beverley, who signed with the Rockets in 2013 after stints with various teams in Europe, added in the interview that he is a “loyal” guy and won’t forget the team that gave him the opportunity to play in the NBA. “This is the only team in the league -- I am very loyal -- only team in the league that really took a chance on me. At the end of the day, I understand it’s a business,” Beverley added.
Beverley was paid $661,830 by the Rockets for the 2014-15 NBA season but is set to earn more when free agency opens.