"That's the reason I came here -- for a bigger role and to be a star," Parsons said. "I'm more than ready for that."
Parsons averaged 15.7 points and 4.9 rebounds per game for the Mavericks last season.
Parsons, who averaged 15.7 points per game during his first year in Dallas, will be used as a featured scorer in next year's offense.
“His game has grown a lot,” Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said, via the team. “He’s not only a shooter and a scorer, but he’s a playmaker. He’s a defender and a rebounder. He’s one of our best all-around players. As the season went on, his responsibilities grew. And they will continue to grow going forward. This period where he’s going to have surgery and recover, there are going to be plenty of things that he can do to refine his game, even if he’s not on the court going 100 percent. I’ve had long discussions with him about that. There will be no time wasted, and he will continue to get better and be one of the best young players in the game.”
Parsons said he is ready to embrace a bigger role alongside Mavs legend Dirk Nowitzki.
“I’m going into my prime,” Parsons said. “I think I’m ready. I feel like this year was more of a year to get comfortable and get my feet wet. I had some big games. Next year, I hope for a much bigger role. I want the ball in my hands. I want good players around me. I think we have a chance to make some noise next year."
Chandler was spotted in New York City walking without the aid of crutches. In a public appearance a few weeks ago, Parsons needed crutches to maneuver around.
Parsons, who reportedly will not miss any time this upcoming season, averaged 15.7 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game in 66 games this season.
Beverley is heading into free agency after a breakout season with the
"I hear from Chandler every day," the point guard told the Houston Chronicle. "It's hard, but I try not to think about it. I can't talk about contracts. It's going to be a fun summer. I have put myself in position to be set for life and that's something that I never thought was possible growing up."
Beverley will be a restricted free agent, which will allow Houston to match any offer made to him. He would like to stay with his current team, but he knows the business aspect of the sport comes into play.
"This is the only team in the league - I am very loyal - that really took a chance on me," he said. "At the end of the day, I understand it's a business."
When asked if he had microfacture surgery on his knee, Parsons would not reveal the type of knee surgery he had.
"I don't think they want me to answer whether it was or wasn't," he said.
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