Chandler Parsons is pretty high on his Houston Rockets these days. So high, in fact, that he has been singing the praises of the city and franchise to soon-to-be free agent center Dwight Howard.
According to Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle, Parsons reached out to Howard immediately after the 2013 NBA Finals was in the books.
“After watching that last night,” Parsons said, “I hit him with, ‘Come to Houston. That could be us.’”
That is not the first time the former Florida Gators star has spoken with the big man, apparently.
“I talk to Dwight every day. I’ve created a relationship with him, where I feel like we’re very close. He hits me up about everything. I’ve covered pretty much every question he’s had. I basically tell him, “We have a chance to be really good without you next year. We’re going to have a good season. Why not come and join us, join our core guys who are for sure to be here and make us great, make us contend for a championship?”
“That’s the main point I’ve gotten from talking to him. He wants to win. He wants to win rings. It’s obvious there is no better fit, no better team or opportunity to do that than with us.
However, the operative phrase is “soon-to-be.” Even though the 2013 NBA Finals is officially in the books, Howard is still technically a member of the Los Angeles Lakers until July 1.
Thus, while we are sure the city of Houston and the Rockets’ front office can appreciate Parsons’ recruiting efforts, the NBA may not be so impressed.
In fact, the league may wind up looking into these texts as a form of tampering.
This via Dan Feldman of ProBasketballTalk:
“Tampering is when a player or team directly or indirectly entices, induces or persuades anybody (player, general manager, etc.) who is under contract with another team in order to negotiate for their services.”
Obviously, the NBA can’t spy on the text messages and conversations between every single player in the league.
Thus, Parsons can definitely chat up Howard, text him, let him know how great the city is and how competitive the team will be in 2013-14.
He just shouldn’t be making things so obvious, now should he?