Chandler Parsons could be looking for a new home next season.

The former Gators forward joined Dallas Mavericks teammates Dirk Nowitzki and Deron Williams in opting out of the final season of the three-year/$46 million contract he signed in 2014. The deadline to opt out was Wednesday. Parsons was set to make  more than $16 million next season, and he’ll likely seek a contract with more long-term security.

The move hardly comes as a surprise, considering Parsons told the Dallas Morning News in May he planned on be coming a free agent July 1.

But considering Parsons is arguably coming off his worst season since he entered the league, one in which he suffered a torn meniscus in his right knee that required season-ending surgery, the move comes with a fair share of risk.

Although it appears Parsons does have potential suitors.


Drafted with the 38th overall pick in the 2011 NBA draft by the Houston Rockets, Parsons quickly surpassed expectations. He set an NBA record for three-pointers made in a half on January 24, 2014, when he hit 10 in the second half of the Rockets’ 88-87 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies.

A first-team All-Florida selection in high school, Parsons became the first Gator to be named the SEC Player of the Year in 2011.

Oh, and you can’t forget “The Heave”.


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