Chandler Parsons had an injury-riddled season with the Dallas Mavericks for the 2015-2016 NBA Season but that’s not stopping teams like the Los Angeles Lakers from trying to get him in free agency.
Some league sources confirmed on Friday that Lakers and Memphis Grizzlies will try to convince Parsons to sign with their respective teams.
NBA free agency officially began on July 1 and teams can start negotiating with free agents available this summer.
League sources: Lakers are among suitors for Chandler Parsons. ESPN's Marc Stein reported that the Grizzlies are also pursuing Parsons.
— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) June 30, 2016
You can scratch "might." Sources say Memphis is a confirmed suitor for Chandler Parsons in addition to its top priority: Keeping Mike Conley
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) June 30, 2016
The Lakers have been rumored to be targeting Kevin Durant initially but it looks like the Oklahoma City Thunder superstar will snub them even for a meeting.
Other speculations in Los Angeles are that they are now looking past Durant and will target other free agents like Hassan Whiteside (Miami Heat), Al Horford (Atlanta Hawks) and Mike Conley (Grizzlies) aside from Parsons.
Meanwhile, the Grizzlies are targeting Parsons in free agency but also prioritizes the re-signing of Conley, according to reports.
Parsons struggled with his health last season for the Mavericks. He played in just 61 games and averaged 13.7 points, his lowest since his rookie year with the Houston Rockets.
Parsons opted out of a $16 million contract for the new season and is searching for a new lucrative deal in the 2016 free agency.
The Lakers are weak in many positions but they need a shooter along with a big man to help out Julius Randle and rookie Brandon Ingram in the front court.
The Lakers are set at the point guard spot with D’Angelo Russell and possibly Jordan Clarkson, if they re-sign him this summer.
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