"Honestly, I was offended by the whole process," Parsons told Yahoo Sports on Monday in a phone interview. "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. And 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."
"Throughout the whole process they pretty much told me they were going to match everything," Parsons said. "I understand it's a business. I understand they had to do what they thought was best for their organization. It definitely caught me off-guard a little bit."
Before we accuse Parsons of being nothing but bitter toward the Rockets, there was also this:
Despite feeling slighted by the Rockets, Parsons said he has "nothing but respect" for his former club after playing his first three NBA seasons in Houston. He also said he will remain close with his ex-teammates, Houston coach Kevin McHale and assistant coach J.B. Bickerstaff.
"They gave me my first opportunity,” Parsons said. "They believed in me. They drafted me. I have nothing but love and respect for them. They will have a special place in my heart. The fans were unbelievable and I hope they have no hard feelings. I had to do what is best for my career."
Honestly, you can't fault Parsons here. If Houston would have matched, he would've been happy to stay. As it stands, it's fair for him to want a bit more respect than he was shown in the last few weeks. Rockets general manager Daryl Morey essentially decided that Trevor Ariza and a bit more salary-cap flexibility would be better than investing heavily in Parsons. For a player who has been underrated his whole career, and was led to believe that Houston had valued him highly, it had to be a bit of a stunner and a bit insulting.