The Cleveland Cavaliers have a lot of decisions to make this off-season. They need to find a coach. They need to decide what to do with the #1 overall pick. If they keep the pick they need to decide who to draft. They also have the #33 pick in the draft to make a decision on. They have Luol Deng, Spencer Hawes, and C.J. Miles becoming free agents. They have cap space if they don’t re-sign those players. They have future assets including all of their own picks and picks in the first round coming from Miami and Memphis. They could try to replace 3 of their starters at small forward (Deng), power forward (Tristan Thompson) and center (Spencer Hawes) through the draft, free agency and trades.
Another player joined the ranks of possible targets for the Cavs, Chandler Parsons. The Houston Rockets declined his last year option on his contract therefore making him a restricted free agent. The last year of his contract was for less then a million dollars but the Rockets were thinking long term with this decision. Parsons would of been a unrestricted free agent after next season, so instead of risking losing him then they now get a chance to match any offer Parsons gets. Could the Cavs put together a contract that could take away the sharp shooting small forward from Houston?
Parsons is a 6’9″ small forward who shoots extremely well and plays good defense. He is tall and athletic. He is just 25 years old. For the Cavs he would slide smoothly into the 3 spot but also could slide down as a stretch 4 against many of the smaller lineups that are being played in today’s NBA. In 3 seasons Parsons has shot 37% from 3 point land including a career high 39% in 2012-13. He averages 47% from the field as well. His free throw shooting is shockingly low for his career, 70%, but shot 74% last year. He has averaged over 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 1 steal a game as well as a well rounded player.
For the Cavs a spot up shooter next to Dion Waiters and Kyrie Irving is a perfect fit. The Cavs may have to overpay to get him but adding Parsons, drafting Joel Embiid and adding a few other pieces to the roster could dramatically change the Cavs fortunes next year. Parsons is proven, but young. He has upside as a #2 player on a team but his game allows him to fit in with other star players.
Could the Cavs benefit from a similar situation that lost them Carlos Boozer years back? Possibly. The Rockets want to keep Parsons but have to be careful how they spend their money. The Cavs and Rockets could work together to help the Rockets land Kevin Love or Carmelo Anthony while getting Parsons to Cleveland and some assets to either the T’Wolves or Knicks. The good news for the Cavs is that they have options at the 3 spot including drafting Andrew Wiggins, free agents Deng, Anthony and LeBron James and another restricted free agent in Gordon Hayward.
What do you think of Parsons’ fit with the Cavs?