The Boston Celtics may be looking to create fireworks this offseason through free agency. The team has reportedly started contacting a long list of players on Tuesday. During the opening hours of NBA free agency, the team has contacted over 30 players including Houston Rockets forward Chandler Parsons.
Parsons is a restricted free agent, which means the Rockets will have a chance to match any offer made by the Celtics or any other NBA team. The sharp-shooting small forwards fits the mode of another players the Celtics have on their list, Gordon Hayward. Boston’s best chance of landing either player involves a sign-and-trade deal, involving the team’s $10.3 million trade exception.
The Celtics do not currently have the salary cap room to go after Parsons directly and will have some competition, as Parsons is a well sough after player. His availability may also depend on whether the Rockets will be able to land either LeBron James or Carmelo Anthony. To clear up cap space, the team may be willing to let Parsons walk if the price is too high for them to match.
Parsons could provide the kind of scoring the Celtics are looking for and may be someone who could replace Jeff Green if he is traded somewhere down the line. One of the teams the Celtics will have to contend with is the Dallas Mavericks. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports reported that the Mavericks reached out the Parsons right away in their efforts to bring in a small forward. The team also has interested in Luol Deng. The Phoenix Suns also have Parsons on their radar.
The 25-year-old Parsons averaged 16.6 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 4.0 assists per game and will see a significant raise from whichever team signs him. The pursuit of Parsons and his availability to the Celtics will all come down to where Carmelo Anthony ends up as he is high on the radar of the Rockets, Suns and Mavericks.