May 2, 2016, 7:47 am
This summer will be like supermarket sweep for teams across the NBA. With the salary cap set to explode and many players locked into what will soon look like bargain deals, there will be dollars flying all over the place as teams stumble over themselves offering big contracts to free agents.
Count Chandler Parsons among those looking to cash in. The Dallas small forward has declared that he will opt out of his current contract and become a free agent, according to Eddie Sefko of The Dallas Morning News.
This news comes on the heels of Deron Williams’ opt out decision and opens up another potential hole on the Mavericks roster. Whereas Williams will be looking for longer-term security for less money (Brooklyn’s still feeding his bank account), it’s likely Parsons will be chasing a max contract. Whether the 27 year old is worth a big deal makes for an interesting discussion.
Hobbled by injuries in the recent past, Parsons can still be a productive, impactful player when healthy. While his minutes and scoring have both declined since joining the Mavericks he may still be able to earn a raise this offseason. The big concern is obviously the knee problems, but in the summer of spending he could be looking at a near-max deal if a team gets spurned by top tier free agents.
Dallas probably has the inside track on re-signing Parsons but whether or not they feel an upgrade is available on the open market remains to be seen. Locking him up again would hinder the team’s flexibility moving forward, but Parsons can still be effective and has proven to be a willing recruiter for the Mavericks in previous summers. Mark Cuban and company will be looking at a tough decision in a summer where options are plentiful for teams and players alike.