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Mavericks’ Rick Carlisle Apologizes for Calling Out Chandler Parsons

Mavericks’ Rick Carlisle Apologizes for Calling Out Chandler Parsons

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(DALLAS) -- A couple of days after criticizing newly-signed forward Chandler Parsons for his weight and conditioning, Dallas Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle has apologized for his comments.

"An increase of 18 to 20 pounds is just too much," Carlisle said Friday night. "We talked about it today. We talk about it a lot. He'll get there, but he looked tired out there and a little heavy-legged, and the extra 7 or 8 pounds aren't helping."

Carlisle realized he was wrong to publicly criticize Parsons, and promptly apologized.

"It was unfair and inappropriate to single out Chandler Parsons after the game Friday night," Carlisle wrote in a statement issued Sunday afternoon. "I have apologized to him and the entire team for this error in judgment. Not only is Chandler Parsons one of our best players, he is also one of our hardest working players and the kind of high-character person we strive to bring to our city and franchise."

Parsons, who signed a three-year deal with the Mavericks this past summer worth $46 million, says he has moved on from the incident.

"It just shows what kind of guy he is," Parsons said of Carlisle's apology. "We're in this together. Everybody makes mistakes, and he came to me as a man. We have a great relationship. It's in the past, and we're going to move forward. It's over with."

Last season with the Houston Rockets, Parsons averaged 16.6 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 4.0 assists per game.

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Rockets Acquire G Jason Terry from Kings

Rockets Acquire G Jason Terry from Kings

Thomas Northcut/Thinkstock(HOUSTON) -- The Sacramento Kings dealt guard Jason Terry and draft picks to the Houston Rockets on Wednesday for forward Alonzo Gee and guard Scotty Hopson.

In 35 games with the Brooklyn Nets last season, Terry averaged 4.5 points and 1.6 assists per game. He was dealt to the Kings along with forward Reggie Evans on Feb. 19 for guard Marcus Thornton.  Terry did not appear in a game with Sacramento due to knee issues. The 15-year veteran is second among active players with 1,950 three-pointers.

The Rockets acquired Gee and Hopson in a three-team trade with the Washington Wizards and New Orleans Pelicans during this offseason that also included forward Trevor Ariza.

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ESPN: Kings Sending Guard Jason Terry to the Rockets

ESPN: Kings Sending Guard Jason Terry to the Rockets

Christopher Trotman/Getty Images(HOUSTON) -- He may not be the player he used to be, but the Houston Rockets are rolling the dice on veteran guard Jason Terry. ESPN reports that the Sacramento Kings will send Terry to Houston.

While the deal is not yet officially completed, the Rockets will also receive two second-round draft picks from the Kings while they will send guard/forward Alonzo Gee to Sacramento.

The 36-year-old Terry began last season with the Brooklyn Nets but wound up being traded to the Kings right before the trade deadline. Because he was recovering from a knee injury, Terry never suited up for the Kings during his brief tenure there.

In 35 games this past season, Terry averaged a career-low 4.5 points and 1.6 assists per game.

He will likely be a reserve/backup guard to Patrick Beverley in Houston.

Gee is a five-year NBA veteran who will already be playing for his fourth team. This past season, he averaged 4.0 points and 2.3 rebounds per game.

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Chandler Parsons and James Harden Exchange Words

Chandler Parsons and James Harden Exchange Words

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Houston Rockets and Dallas Mavericks may have a rivalry brewing between then after Rockets guard James Harden said the team will be just fine without forward Chandler Parsons, who's heading to the Mavericks.

"Dwight [Howard] and I are the cornerstones of the Rockets," Harden told The Philippine Star. "The rest of the guys are role players or pieces that complete our team. We've lost some pieces and added some pieces."

"I think we'll be fine next season," he added.

Parsons spent the first three seasons of his career with the Rockets and was one of the team's best players. Still, he wound up signing a three-year, $46 million contract with the Mavericks that the Rockets decided not to match.

In responding to Harden's comments, Parsons proclaimed that Harden's attitude was one of the reasons why he left the team, adding that he wants to be considered an important member of a winning team.

This past season, Parsons averaged 16.6 points and 5.5 rebounds per game.

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Jeremy Lin Putting ‘Linsanity’ Behind Him

Jeremy Lin Putting ‘Linsanity’ Behind Him

NBA via New York Knicks(EL SEGUNDO, Calif.) -- Even though he'll always be associated with Linsanity, new Los Angeles Lakers point guard Jeremy Lin is moving on from what made him one of the most recognized basketball players in the world.

"I'm not trying to relive that banner season," Lin said during his introductory news conference with the Lakers on Thursday. "I think that's been a big weight off my shoulders and I think that's very important for me as a player. I'm not trying to recreate a Linsanity. I'm not trying to be that phenomenon that happened in New York. I think I just want to be myself more than ever."

In his lone season with the New York Knicks from 2011-2012, Lin set the basketball world on fire as he consistently put up big numbers on a nightly basis. Lin was never a highly-touted prospect, and was recalled from the D-League, so his success took many by surprise.

Lin spent the past two seasons with the Houston Rockets and averaged 13.0 points during that time. Even though he may never match his production during the height of Linsanity, the Lakers traded for him in hopes of stabilizing the team's point guard position.

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ESPN: Bulls to Sign G Aaron Brooks

ESPN: Bulls to Sign G Aaron Brooks

Sacramento Kings/NBA(NEW YORK) --  The Chicago Bulls are finalizing a contract with free agent guard Aaron Brooks, according to ESPN.

The addition of Brooks gives the Bulls another scoring option off the bench.  Chicago has retooled its roster during the offseason with the additions of former All-Star Pau Gasol, European forward Nikola Mirotic, and rookie guard Doug McDermott in hopes of competing for the Eastern Conference crown.

The 29-year-old Brooks was selected by the Houston Rockets with the 26th overall pick in the 2007 NBA draft out of the University of Oregon.

Brooks averaged 9.0 points and 3.2 assists per game last season while playing for the Rockets and Denver Nuggets.

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Chandler Parsons ‘Offended’ by Rockets

Chandler Parsons ‘Offended’ by Rockets

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(LAS VEGAS) -- Chandler Parsons is a Dallas Maverick after agreeing on a three-year deal worth $46 million last week. Still, Parsons is "offended" that the Houston Rockets did not even entertain the offer sheet that he signed with Dallas and believes that he was the third best player on the roster.

"Honestly, I was offended by the whole process," Parsons told Yahoo! Sports on Monday. "They publicly said that they were going out looking for a third star when I thought they had one right in front of them. I guess that's just how they viewed me as a player. I don't think I've scratched the surface of where I can be as a player and I think I'm ready for that role."

"You can't knock them for always trying to get better. [Houston general manager] Daryl Morey is very aggressive, is a genius, a great GM and I have nothing but respect for those guys," Parsons continued. "They are looking to make their team better. That's what they were doing. I just thought I could be that guy that could do that."

Parsons averaged 16.6 points, 5.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game last season and will join the likes of Dirk Nowitzki next season.

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ESPN: Rockets Trade Lin to Lakers

ESPN: Rockets Trade Lin to Lakers

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Houston Rockets traded guard Jeremy Lin and a future first-round pick to the Los Angeles Lakers Friday, according to ESPN's Jeff Goodman.

The Rockets will receive cash and rights to an undisclosed overseas player.

According to ESPNDallas.com, the Rockets are also expected to match the Dallas Mavericks three-year, $46 million offer sheet to restricted free agent Chandler Parsons.

Meanwhile, the Lakers receive a 26-year-old Lin, who is in the final year of his contract that will pay him $14.9 million this season.

During his four NBA seasons, Lin has averaged 11.9 points, 2.6 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game.


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ESPN: Rockets Agree to Send Center Omer Asik to the Pelicans

ESPN: Rockets Agree to Send Center Omer Asik to the Pelicans

Jed Jacbson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- In a move that very well could be a win for both teams, the Houston Rockets have agreed to send center Omer Asik to the New Orleans Pelicans in exchange for a 2015 first-round draft pick.

Asik is set to make $15 million next season, and now the Rockets have more salary cap space to work with in order to land a max-level free agent like Carmelo Anthony and Lebron James.

Askik is an elite rim protector who struggled to find playing time behind center Dwight Howard. This past season, Asik averaged just 20.2 minutes per game, but averaged 5.8 points and 7.9 rebounds per game.

The Pelicans dealt with a slew of injuries this past season, but do have an emerging star in forward/center Anthony Davis. The team can now pair Davis with a proven center, and should have one of the better defensive front-courts in the NBA next season.

The draft pick included in the deal is protected. It will go to the Rockets if it falls between picks 4-19. Last season, the Pelicans traded their first round pick (the sixth overall pick) to the Philadelphia 76ers for point guard Jrue Holiday.

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Trail Blazers Knock Off Rockets in OT, Take 3-1 Series Lead

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Minnesota Timberwolves Head Coach Rick Adelman Retires

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