LAS VEGAS -- It doesn't appear that the Wizards are making any moves Friday, CSNWashington.com has learned, even after the flurry that began with LeBron James' decision to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers. As reported here previously, James wouldn't have a major impact on their chances of keeping Trevor Ariza.
All along, the Wizards have been looking at Carmelo Anthony and a new piece to the puzzle -- Chandler Parsons of the Houston Rockets.
Chris Bosh decided to bypass on a four-year, $88 million offer from Houston to stay with the Miami Heat, who gave him a max deal for five years and $118 million. This decision was a product of the 2011 collective bargaining agreement, which was structured in a way to give the team that owned the Bird rights of its free agent more leverage by being able to offer an extra year and more money overall. So despite having significantly better talent with Dwight Howard and James Harden in Houston, it was more lucrative for Bosh to stay.
Now the attention turns to Parsons, a restricted free agent who signed a three-year, $46 million offer sheet with the Dallas Mavericks. The Rockets have three days to match, which would be 11:59 p.m. Sunday, or Parsons walks. ESPNDallas.com reported that the Rockets intended to match -- before learning of Bosh's decision -- as the team can exceed the cap to keep its own free agents.
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How does this move by Bosh change the picture?
If Parsons is allowed to leave by Houston, it creates a glaring hole for the Rockets, who'll have the money to offer Ariza. If Parsons stays, that closes another loophole. Ariza wants a raise from the $7.7 million he made last season -- the Wizards are willing to give him modest one, but unlikely in the $10 million-plus range Houston could offer -- and to play for a team that will be a playoff mainstay and contend.
If Anthony were to jump from the New York Knicks to the Los Angeles Lakers, that could make it a more attractive destination for Ariza to play again in his hometown opposite an offensive force with Kobe Bryant.
The Lakers, however, re-signed Nick Young ($21.5 million) and Jordan Hill ($18 million) on Friday.