- UPDATE: Odell Beckham Jr. wins Madden Cover
- NFL defense contracts tell sad tale of greed
- Clippers dominate 3rd quarter, beat Rockets, 128-95
- Lakers should hold off on max offer sheet to Jimmy Butler
- NFL Draft 2015: Rumors swirl as Day 1 nears
- Josh Hamilton trade: Angels GM says moving on was in team’s ‘best interest’
- Lou Holtz retires: Hopefully shows shift at ESPN
- Anquan Boldin on Colin Kaepernick: ‘Trust your skills’
- NFL trade rumors: Titans Willing to trade No.2 Pick?
- Nick Young injury: Lakers forward likely done for season
Dwight Howard, Chris Paul free agency: Rockets, Hawks flirt with tampering
- Updated: June 23, 2013
As the offseason frenzy to acquire free agents Dwight Howard and Chris Paul begins to take shape, teams around the league are scrambling to put together their most enticing offers for the two biggest available names.
The Houston Rockets and Atlanta Hawks are two such teams, and budding star forward Chandler Parsons wasn’t shy about his he and his team’s desire to land the big man when he hits the market come July 1 and went even further.
“I talk to Dwight every day,” Parsons told the Houston Chronicle via CBS Sport.com. “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?’
The Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers still technically have each player under contract, which means that any team’s contact of both players will be a direct violation of the NBA’s tampering rules. That would mean hefty fines for league executives and worse, a bad reputation across the league for being unethical. Parsons is not out of line to contact him as an NBA player since he doesn’t count as a team official, but it’s hard to imagine the team being OK with him being so open about it.
The Rockets obviously want Dwight in Houston next season, and they have the team and the cap space to bring him in. His ties to Parsons and the fact that the Rockets are young and posed to take the next step forward bodes well for their chances.
The same can’t be said for the Atlanta Hawks, who have been so bold as to mention Howard and Paul by name in a letter to their season ticket holders that was obtained by the Atlanta Journal-Constitutiion. That is a violation of the NBA anti-tampering policy for the aforementioned reasons, and it makes the Hawks look bad as an organization.
The open competition for Howard and Paul is going to be fierce, but in the end, it’ll be the players who decide, not the outlandish tactics by teams to persuade them.
Latest posts by Michael C. Jones (see all)
- Josh Hamilton trade: Angels GM says moving on was in team’s ‘best interest’ - April 27, 2015
- Chris Borland retires from 49ers amid health issues - March 17, 2015
- Wyoming upsets San Diego State, 45-43, wins Mountain West Conference Tournament - March 14, 2015