The Detroit Pistons head into free agency tomorrow with plenty of cap space, and a lot of big decisions to make. Last summer, they made bold moves that only resulted in a season of unmitigated failure, but Stan Van Gundy and the new regime will be working hard to fix that this year.
One player who they should consider pursuing, and would be a good fit for them, is Chandler Parsons.
Taken with the 38th pick of the 2011 draft, Parsons was the steal of his class. He has developed into an outstanding role player in his time in Houston, and with the Rockets allowing Parsons to hit restricted free agency this summer, he’ll attract a lot of interest.
The Rockets fully intend on bringing Parsons back next season. Their decision to refuse their team option and allow him to enter restricted free agency was made in order to extend Parsons with a more suitable contract sooner rather than later.
The fact that Houston was so concerned about the prospect of him being an unrestricted free agent next summer shows just how much they value him.
In spite of all of this, there’s a very realistic scenario where the Rockets would decide to let Parsons walk this summer. Although they would like to keep him, if they could add LeBron James or Carmelo Anthony, I’d imagine that Houston would only be too happy to let Parsons move on.
If this seems like even a remote possibility, Detroit should have themselves positioned to capitalize. Let’s take a look at four reasons why Parsons should be a top priority for the Pistons this summer.