NBA news roundup: Rockets face decision with Chandler Parsons, Dwyane Wade returns

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The Houston Rockets must make a tough call in approaching an extension for Chandler Parsons, and Dwyane Wade returned but came off the bench after missing four games.

The Houston Rockets have a $964,750 team option for the final year of swingman Chandler Parson's contract, but the decision this summer may not be cut and dry for general manager Daryl Morey. Morey held a Q&A session with season ticket holders this week and briefly discussed why they're weighing the pros and cons of allowing him to become a restricted free agent.

From the transcript at

"With Chandler, we have an interesting decision. At the end of this year, we can turn down his option. People wonder why, because it's so cheap, but then he'd be a restricted free agent. Or he can go through his fourth year and be an unrestricted free agent. There are advantages to each, so it's something we'll continue to talk about.

"He's going to make a lot of money on his next contract. We don't know how much. But we're committed to keeping him."

If the team picks up the cheap option on his contract, Parsons will become an unrestricted free agent after the 2014-15 season, putting his future with Houston in question. If they decline his option this summer he becomes a restricted free agent, allowing the team to match any contract offer.

Parsons is averaging a career-high 17.4 points per game while shooting 40 percent from three-point range. He's been an important piece of the Rockets' resurgence over the past two seasons.

Wade returns against Spurs

Dwyane Wade sat out the Miami Heat's last four games to treat his achy knees, but he returned in the team's 113-101 victory against the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday. Wade played 24 minutes in the rout, scoring eight points on 3-for-8 shooting while adding five assists.

For the first time in 483 games played, Wade came off the bench. The last time he played as a reserve came in 2008, when one Ricky Davis started in place of Wade.

Terrence Ross drops 51, ties Vinsanity

The NBA has been filled with scoring outbursts over the past two weeks and Terrence Ross joined in on the fun. His 51-point outing against the Los Angeles Clippers puts him in elite company, tying the Toronto Raptors' franchise scoring record set by Vince Carter back in 2000.

Yes, it was a fun night in Canada:


VC turns 37

The outburst from Ross came on the eve of Carter's birthday. Rick Carlisle was overestimating Carter's age, which says something about how long he's been in the league, but the Dallas Mavericks coach also complimented his reserve guard for sticking around so long, according to the Star-Telegram.

"He's a gym rat, he loves to play, he works on the game, he works on his body,'' Carlisle said. "So it's not an accident that guys that work this hard have a chance to have this kind of longevity.

To celebrate Carter's 37th birthday, we give you a compilation of his best dunks.

Signings and assignments

The Los Angeles Clippers decided not to sign point guard Darius Morris for the rest of the season after he finished out his second 10-day contract, according to the Los Angeles Times' Brad Turner. The decision leaves Los Angeles with only one point guard in Darren Collison, who is playing on a sprained toe. Combo guard Jamal Crawford now has an even bigger role splitting time between the two guard spots.

The Phoenix Suns recalled rookie guard Archie Goodwin from the Bakersfield Jam after a two-game assignment that saw him go for 32 and 27 points, and the Boston Celtics recalled big man Vitor Faverani from the Maine Red Claws after he scored 13 and grabbed seven boards in a single D-League outing.

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