Chandler Parsons played a significant role in the Dallas Mavericks' initially successful, ultimately futile pursuit of DeAndre Jordan. Jordan committed to the Mavericks and then changed his mind to stay with the Los Angeles Clippers.
Parsons talked about the experience in an exclusive interview with Shams Charania.
"We had Mavs gear shipped to DeAndre for the season," Parsons said. "We picked out his locker. We picked out where he was going to sit on the team bus and plane. We picked out his No. 6 jersey. We narrowed down which home he would buy in Dallas, talked about restaurants here.
"I think I've earned the right to speak freely about the Mavs and our future. There was no way DJ was going to come unless I presented our pitch. It's not like I was gassing him up and lying. Everything he was saying that he wanted, we were going to give to him. Everything: the opportunity to get the ball more, to be an MVP candidate, to be the man and take the next step in his career.
"It's not like I was just making this [expletive] up. He's still a friend. But when I saw him in Las Vegas for Team USA, all I could really say was, 'Are you [expletive] serious?' "