With the NBA lockout still looming, former Gator Chandler Parsons has joined other NBA players in exploring their overseas options.
Mark Bartelstein, who represents the Rockets’ second-round draft pick, said Parsons is considering playing in Europe next season.
“For Chandler, certainly we’re going to look at what’s available,” Bartelstein told Fox Sports July 11. “There are a lot of opportunities being presented that we’re pursuing daily. There are a lot of variables that go into this. We’ll weigh everything and we’ll make the decision and if we think there’s something that’s a good fit for him, we may go ahead and do that.”
Although the NBA has always been a dream of Parsons, he doesn’t want to be unemployed either.
“He’s had a few offers,” said Bartelstein. “But nothing that we found to be something in his best interest. There are a number of teams that we’re talking with.
“He wants to be in the NBA. That’s his goal, that’s what he’s dreamed of his whole life, but unfortunately this lockout looks like it can go for a long time and he’s gotta support himself.”
Bartelstein told My Fox Houston that Parsons would only play for a high-level European team that can contend for a championship. If he does so, there is “a high possibility he would stay there for the entire season.”
Bartelstein believes the 2011 SEC Player of the Year would be successful overseas.
“He is the prototype player for Europe,” Bartelstein said of Parsons. “He’s perfect for their game.”