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.
Miami Heat Looking to Sign Chandler Parsons in Free Agency: https://t.co/Nv6c4MKNXc
— Heat Nation (@HeatNationCom) June 23, 2016
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”.