The Houston Rockets surprised everyone when they decided to not match the Dallas Mavericks offer for small forward Chandler Parsons. Most believed that Parsons would be a key cog in a Rockets championship run this season. Well according to Rockets general manager Daryl Morey he believes the Rockets can contend for a championship in a different way.
Morey was on ‘In The Loop’ with Nick and Lopez in Houston and said that he believes the Rockets are in a better position to win a championship without Parsons.
“It takes three, at least, three elite players with very little exception, throughout history, it takes three elite players and a good set of players that fit around them,” Morey said on the roster make up of a championship team. “Once Bosh said ‘no’ it put us into another very difficult decision of, is matching Chandler Parsons, do we have a better chance of winning a title by matching it or not matching it. That comes down to a very simple question, is Harden, Howard, Parsons a three that can be a championship three? I actually think it can be. I think Chandler is a great player, getting better. Really really good player, no doubt. But the question is actually: is Harden Howard Parson, is that three a better championship odds than Harden, Howard and the team we can put together with a guaranteed lottery pick trade exceptions mid-level young team improving and continuing to be flexible? That was the very tough decision before us. But I can tell you this, in our opinion it was not close.”
“We are in a better [place] to win a championship by not matching it, once Bosh goes away than by not matching it.”
Regardless of what Morey say about Parsons publicly, it obvious that he doesn’t think he is an elite basketball player. Time will tell if this move will come back to haunt the Rockets.