Chandler Parsons threw out the first pitch last night in a Rangers vs. Angels game, and was interviewed by a number of Dallas media outlets. In the interview, he discussed the internal discussions between him and the Rockets before the team let him hit free agency by declining his option. Here's what he had to say:
"They pretty much told me, ‘Go get the biggest deal and the best deal for you and we're matching,' " Parsons said after throwing out his first pitch. "At the end of the day it's a business and I have no hard feelings against them."
For the most part, this jibes with the idea that the Rockets were confident in their ability to land a superstar free agent in July. The Rockets would sign a top free agent, match on Parsons, and go into 2014-15 with a core intact for a number of years.
What actually happened was that the Rockets whiffed on Chris Bosh, Carmelo Anthony, and LeBron James, and Parsons got a much bigger offer than was previously expected. While they may have planned on matching any offer he received, after all of that went down, the Rockets had to go in another direction.
At the end of the day, there really are no good guys and no bad guys in this situation. Parsons did what was for him and the Rockets did the same. The two entities will be always be linked, but it'll be nothing more than a blip on the radar in a few months.