The Scoop:"You know, what [Parsons] said to me is that he wants to come in and have a phenomenal season and prove to everybody that he's worth every penny," Cuban said. "He wants to be a cornerstone for the Dallas Mavericks. That's where his head's at." Fresh off signing a three-year, $46 million deal with Dallas (a substantial increase from his previous contract of four-years, $3.6 million) Parsons will look to establish himself as a top tier, big money talent in the league. Parsons is a guy that can offer across the board production as he averaged 16.6 points, 5.5 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 1.2 steals, and 1.8 three-pointers with the Rockets last season, and he figures to be an early-middle round selection going into this year's drafts.
The Scoop:"I think in Chandler's case in talking to him, he wants to prove that he's worth it," Cuban said. "He's working his butt off to do it ... It's not like he was only good for one or two years, he was good for three years [with the Rockets]." Parsons is in a great position as the Mavericks' starting SF, taking some scoring pressure off Dirk Nowitzki and Monta Ellis, and his reliable all-around game makes him a safe pick in the early-middle rounds of fantasy drafts.
The Americans kept Derrick Rose and cut All-Star Damian Lillard and three others early Saturday morning, getting their roster down to the limit for the FIBA World Cup of Basketball. Though team officials had previously said they might carry extra players when they left for Spain on Saturday, and final rosters aren't due until next Friday, the Americans decided there was no need to wait. Kyle Korver, Gordon Hayward and Chandler Parsons also were cut, shortly after the Americans beat Puerto Rico 112-86 in their final home exhibition game.
The Scoop:While the team does need some wings, Parsons had one of the worst months of any player in scoring the ball and didn't really do anything to separate himself. This is probably good news for Mavericks fans because he'll have some extra time to build some rapport with his new team. His fantasy value may have taken a minor hit since he's not in the perfect system like he was in Houston, but he's still a player worth targeting in the early-middle rounds for standard leagues.