Dec 4, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets small forward Chandler Parsons (25) loses the ball as Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard (12) defends during the third quarter at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
With all the talk of James Harden being the primary recruiter for the Houston Rockets this offseason, it seems that Chandler Parsons is the one who is playing the biggest role. Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle reported that Parsons has been working with Dwight Howard to sway him into making the move from Los Angeles, and texted him immediately after the Miami Heat won game 7.
“After watching that last night,” Parsons said, “I hit him with, ‘Come to Houston. That could be us.’ ”
That wasn’t anything new for Howard. He has heard plenty from Parsons this offseason.
“I talk to Dwight every day,” Parsons said. “I’ve created a relationship with him, where I feel like we’re very close. He hits me up about everything. I’ve covered pretty much every question he’s had. I basically tell him, ‘We have a chance to be really good without you next year. We’re going to have a good season. Why not come and join us, join our core guys who are for sure to be here and make us great, make us contend for a championship?’
While the Rockets were recently hit with fines for tampering because of free agent articles on their website, players don’t represent their teams when it comes to negotiations. Parsons has full reigns to keep pushing for Howard to come to Houston, as the free agency period begins July 1.