Chandler Parsons was one of the members of the Dallas Mavericks organization who spent a lot of time trying to get DeAndre Jordan to sign with the Mavs this offseason.
And while Jordan did commit to the Mavs at first, he later reversed course and chose to sign with the Clippers in what became one of the most surreal circuses of the NBA offseason.
Parsons was able to joke about the whole incident at first but he later gave a more serious opinion on the whole glorious fiasco from his perspective in an interview with Tim MacMahon of ESPN. In it, Parsons noted that he felt “disrespected” by Jordan’s decision to stay in Los Angeles.
“I’m shocked, very disappointed, frustrated, disrespected. This is something that I’ve never seen in my career, and I know that it doesn’t happen very often. When a man gives you his word and an organization his word, especially when that organization put in so much effort and I walked him through this process and was very, very open and willing to work with him, it’s just very unethical and disrespectful.”
Parsons made sure to state that he’d still be friends with DeAndre and that Jordan didn’t necessarily make a mistake by staying with the Clippers because he’d get to be a valuable piece on a great team – just not a superstar like he’d be on the Mavs. However, Parsons didn’t spare his criticism of how DeAndre made his decision.
“He wasn’t ready for being a franchise player. He was scared. He was scared to take the next step in his career. There was no other reason other than that he was comfortable and he has friendships there. How you make a business decision like that is beyond me. How you ignore an owner like Mark who is in your hometown just waiting for a chance to talk to you is beyond me.”
Yeah, no hurt feelings here. The first game between the Mavericks and the Clippers in Dallas should be magical.