I think Houston would be more willing to part with Parsons after next season because he would only have 1 season left on his current deal and there is pretty much no way that they would be able to resign him (assuming he is a 9-11mil a year player).
When recruiting Howard to Houston, the front office told him that they were willing to pay the luxury tax to contend.
And I don't know that there's a significant difference between Batum and Parsons besides their contracts (which is significant right now).
Was thinking a few weeks ago, a trade like:
Houston gets: Aldridge
Portland gets: Asik, Ryno
Pelicans get: Parsons
could be a trade that makes all three teams better, especially Portland. They'd be a SG away from being legit. Salaries come very close to working as well.
This post was edited on 7/19 at 12:08 am