Welcome to Big D, Mr. Parsons


At 5:10 p.m. Sunday, Mark Cuban visited exclusively with us and revealed he was free to quit sweating this out. ‘We’re proud to announce that Chandler Parsons is joining the Dallas Mavericks,’ the Mavs owner told us. First impressions as we wipe the perspiration from our brows:

The last time the Dallas Mavericks vaulted boldly into a match-able bid on a restricted free agent, they got kicked in the “Gortats.” This time around? They avoided getting poked in the “Parsons,” their bold stroke to try to force the Rockets’ salary-cap hand working in a way that brings Chandler Parsons …a creative 6-9 offensive force…and Dirk’s “boy” to Dallas. The original intention was to put Houston in a Parsons pinch here. But of course, that was secondary. The primary goal was to accumulate talent. And given the fact that the Dallas Mavericks (by virtue of Parsons’ restricted-free-agent status complete with Houston’s right to match and retain) Dallas really did have to sweat this one out.
While the Rockets took their time mulling Parsons’ three-year, $46-mil contract offer, they also signed another small forward, Trevor Ariza – who had been a Mavs alternative to Parsons. Meanwhile, over the course of this weekend, other Dallas targets like Luol Deng (to Miami) and Paul Pierce (to Washington) flew off the shelves. The flurry of small-forward activity even saw Dallas lose sixth man Vince Carter (to Memphis), with Dallas’ veteran-minimum signing of Richard Jefferson mitigating that loss a bit.We saw logic in Houston opting to spend (on Ariza) and retain (Parsons) even though they would’ve expensively played the same position. Ultimately, the Rockets opted for cap flexibility…. and Dallas gets its man – a versatile and creative 16-points-a-game (and 5.5 rebounds per) weapon who certainly had a bond with the Rockets, but with an Orlando nightclub signing of a pricy offer sheet demonstrated a bond with Cuban and the Mavs, too.”Hello, Dallas! MFFL,” tweeted Parsons at 5:45 pm yesterday, further cementing the bond.Is this an overpay? Yes. Dallas is paying a premium price for a second-tier star, the same sort of $15-mil-a-year contract it refused to give Tyson Chandler immediately following the 2011 championship. (Tyson is of course back in Dallas – and making that very same salary.)But it’s also the cost of getting better. Dallas has just $21 million invested this season in three of its standouts, Dirk, Monta Ellis and Tyson. That allows room to spend in order to improve on last season’s 49-win team.Cuban’s stated philosophy on bidding on restricted free agents is that there is no risk: “It’s not really a ‘danger’,” the owner recently told recently told “Ben & Skin” on 105.3 The Fan.” A lot of people will say if you go after a guy and you don’t sign him that’s a bad sign … I think that’s ridiculous. That’s like saying if I don’t walk in to a company and make the sale that I never should have tried, and that’s just not the way I approach these.

“It’s not like if you sign a restricted free agent and (the other team matches) and all of a sudden you’ve lost all that cap room … You’ve got as much money and you’ve really lost nothing for trying, and I can make an argument that worst case, even if you don’t get the restricted free agent you’ve made the other team lock up their cap room.”


Well, for the last three days, it felt “dangerous.” It felt like Dallas might need to find other targets. It felt like the Mavs were about to repeat the summer of 2010, when they put so many eggs into the basket of a bid on center Marcin Gortat only to be surprised when Orlando matched-and-kept — thus, getting “Kicked In The Gortats.”

This time, the Mavs get to do the kicking as part of their celebration.

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Mike Fisher has over 30 years of covering professional sports and has done so based in Dallas since 1990. 'Fish' is an award-winning journalist, TV analyst and radio talk-show personality who serves as the Dallas Cowboys' 'insider' for 105.3 The Fan on the radio and as the Dallas Mavericks' insider for Fox Sports Southwest on TV. Fish is the publisher of DallasBasketball.com , is also a national contributor to FOX Sports, has covered 21 Super Bowls, has authored two best-selling books on the Cowboys (with forewords by Jerry Jones and Troy Aikman) and can be followed at @FishSports on Twitter.