After leaving Dallas for a massive contract with the Memphis Grizzlies this past summer, Chandler Parsons talked with Chris Vernon on Dallas and the DeAndre frenzy.
Newest guy in Memphis, and former Dallas Maverick, Chandler Parsons was a guest on the Chris Vernon Show Podcast where he talked free agency with Dallas and the frenzy around the DeAndre Jordan situation.
The following are notable quotes from the interview.
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Parsons on free agency this past summer:
“I knew I wanted to go somewhere where I was going to be a priority and Memphis and Portland showed initiative right away.”
“They [Portland and Memphis] made me a priority from jump and I wasn’t going to sit here and wait.”
Parsons on if he was mad or hurt by Dallas:
“It’s a business. The things that bothered me were everything that I had did for Dallas, whether it was recruiting or playing through injury and even making my injury worse by trying to play in the playoffs. It was for the better of the team and to try to win games. Try to make the Dallas Mavericks better and that was all I did when I was there.”
Parsons on the whole DeAndre Jordan situation with Dallas:
“It was a done deal. We were taking shots of patron at 9 AM with his family. Yes, 9 AM because he committed that morning.” “Me, Mark, and his family at his house.”
“I remember I went to Manhattan beach and celebrated with Cuban and my boys. I fly to Vegas that night. We just got the biggest free agent in the history of the Mavs.”
Mar 16, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Dallas Mavericks forward Chandler Parsons (25) shoots against Cleveland Cavaliers guard Matthew Dellavedova (8) at Quicken Loans Arena. Cleveland won 99-98. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports
“At the same time I’m texting DJ. He’s asking me where to live in Dallas, getting the equipment manager’s number to send him gear. It’s done. It’s a done deal.”
“Literally two days later Cuban is texting me asking if I’ve heard from DJ. I asked why and he said he heard he was having cold feet.”
“So I started texting and calling DJ and he wasn’t responding to me, which was weird cause he was my boy.”
“Finally texted me and said he wants to make sure he made the right decision. I’m going to meet with the Clippers again.”
“A couple of hours went by and he texted saying ‘I’m so sorry, just going with my heart.”
“I wasn’t mad at him but d***, what a pump fake.”
Parsons on if he thought loyalty would be shown to him by Dallas:
“Yeah, they and Mark had insinuated that I was coming back. I was looking for houses in Dallas. I thought it was a done deal. Obviously when it comes to medical and two surgeries in one year it’s no joke. After talking with them I know it was a medical decision because I still have a great relationship with mostly all of them.”
“Me and you just went through the ringer last summer with DeAndre. Then it got to me and Cuban back-and-forth, almost deal done, to him ignoring me. Just wait, now you are DeAndreing me? I get the business side of it but I thought we were boys.”