This summer it has been mainly about LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony, as they hold up most of the other free agents while they decide where they will play next season. However, two players who did not wait for the big names to decide were Gordon Hayward and Chandler Parsons. They both signed offer sheets with new teams yesterday, giving their current teams 72 hours to decide if they will match or not. Hayward signed a max offer sheet with the Charlotte Hornets for four years and $63 million and Parsons signed a three-year, $46 million offer sheet with the Dallas Mavericks.
All signs point to the Utah Jazz matching the Hornets’ offer and keeping Hayward in Utah. The Houston Rockets are not sure if they will match the Mavericks offer to keep Parsons, as they are waiting to see if they can add power forward Chris Bosh to their team. Either way, Parsons and Hayward will be compared as we head into the upcoming season. Both essentially will get max money, much more than most believed they would get or are even worth.
In addition, they both are under the age of 25 and play the small forward position. Both are coming off of a season where they averaged over 16 points, four assists and five rebounds per game. So for the next two to three years they will be compared as to which player is doing more with the max money they received. Let’s take a look at each player and then decide which one we would rather have for $15 million per season.