Over this past offseason, Chandler Parsons was one of the most pursued free agents. He had drawn significant interest from several teams around the league. In light of that, Parsons recently revealed just how close he was signing with the Portland Trail Blazers instead of the Memphis Grizzlies.
Parsons on nearly signing with Blazers: “I was close… I had nothing against them. I went with my heart on this one. I’m happy in Memphis.”
— Ronald Tillery (@CAGrizBeat) November 6, 2016
It was a tough choice for Parsons given that Portland had also offered him a max contract to sign with them, but instead chose to take the same deal with Memphis. He would have helped solidify their young core playing alongside Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum. Instead, he joined the Grizzlies, who are led by a few established veterans such as Mike Conley, Marc Gasol, Tony Allen, and Zach Randolph.
This was a deal that worked out both ways as the Trail Blazers used that cap space to address other areas of need. The front office signed Evan Turner, Myers Leonard, and matched the offer sheet to keep Allen Crabbe. It’s just something that could be looked at upon as what could have been.