LAS VEGAS -- Chandler Parsons will arrive in Dallas with a three-year, $46 million deal and plenty of motivation after being "offended" by the Houston Rockets during the restricted free-agency process.
Parsons told Yahoo! Sports that it bothered him that Houston, which declined its right to match the Dallas Mavericks' offer and allowed Parsons to go to the Rockets' Interstate 45 rivals, made it clear the franchise didn't consider Parsons good enough to be the third-best player on a championship contender.
"Honestly, I was offended by the whole process," Parsons told Yahoo! Sports on Monday. "They publicly said that they were going out looking for a third star when I thought they had one right in front of them. I guess that's just how they viewed me as a player. I don't think I've scratched the surface of where I can be as a player and I think I'm ready for that role.
"You can't knock them for always trying to get better. [Houston general manager] Daryl Morey is very aggressive, is a genius, a great GM and I have nothing but respect for those guys. And they are looking to make their team better. That's what they were doing. I just thought I could be that guy that could do that."
On Tuesday, Parsons followed up by saying the Rockets "really did him a solid" by declining the $965,000 option for next season and letting him become a restricted free agent.
"I didn't mean to sound ungrateful or disrespectful in any way. I just simply meant that I was offended that they didn't view me as a core piece of their team going forward and they didn't view me as a third star that could win championships there," Parsons said. "That was what I meant by offended. I hope I didn't hurt anybody's feelings and I hope there's no hard feelings there, because I had a great time in Houston. I created a lot of memories there and have nothing but love and respect for the organization, the coaching staff and my teammates, but it's just offensive when they're publicly saying they don't have a third star and they're going after a third star when I was right there in front of them."
The Rockets would have matched the offer to Parsons if Houston had successfully recruited All-Star power forward Chris Bosh to join center Dwight Howard and shooting guard James Harden as the franchise's proven stars.
However, once Bosh opted to re-sign with the Miami Heat, Morey reconsidered his intention to keep Parsons, valuing future salary-cap flexibility over a 25-year-old small forward who averaged 16.6 points, 5.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game last season.
The Mavs, meanwhile, made Parsons their top priority after long-shot attempts to woo superstars Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James. Dallas got Parsons to agree to the offer sheet July 9, forcing the Rockets to make a difficult decision.
Mavs owner Mark Cuban met Parsons in the player's hometown of Orlando, Florida, just after midnight July 10 to make the offer sheet official as soon as possible.
"They really showed how much they cared for me," Parsons told Yahoo! Sports. "They didn't want me to wait for Bosh. They didn't want me to wait for Melo. They came forward first."