Chandler Parsons is looking to move teams at the start of the free agency after two seasons with the Dallas Mavericks. Despite missing a chunk of games at the beginning of the season, due to knee surgery, Parsons did manage to play 61 contests in which he averaged 13.7 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 2.8 assists. The wingman shot the ball efficiently during the 2015-2016 season, finishing with a 49% average from the field, including 41% from the 3-point line. Parsons not only provides efficiency at the forward position, but versatility as well because of his shooting and athletic ability. Given his assets he will go into free agency eyeing a big money, long-term contract.
The Los Angeles Lakers have plenty of cap space to work with this summer and can potentially give Parsons a team for the upcoming season. Despite drafting Brandon Ingram at small forward in this year’s draft, Parsons can provide a bit more through his experience. Ingram will only be a rookie, therefore having Parsons gives the Lakers have option in the case Ingram doesn’t settle quickly in the league. Parsons has proven that he can shoot the ball, and a player who can put up points is what the Lakers need.
Memphis are in need of scorers as well, and Parsons can bring that to the franchise that hasn’t had a true consistent scorer since the departure of Rudy Gay. The Grizzlies could also lose their point guard Mike Conley in the free agency, which would make it necessary for them to bring in a player like Parsons. Over the years, the Grizzlies have stuck to their game plan of feeding the big men with Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph at the receiving end for the majority of times. Acquiring Parsons would allow to space the floor and having a player who can knock down the outside shot with consistency. Moreover, a player who has the ability to create his own shot.
The other Los Angeles team, the Clippers, will also have an eye out for Parsons in free agency as they look to improve their team and go further into the playoffs than they did last season. If Parsons is looking to win primarily then his best bet would be to attempt to go to a team like the Clippers because they already have a set of experienced players who are ready to win. With Chris Paul dishing out the ball, Parsons could become a greater threat than ever. He can provide something different at small forward and make a difference in the latter stages of the season, which will intrigue the Clippers in the pursuit of free agents.