NBA free agency: Rockets still after a star; Evan Turner has suitors

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The Houston Rockets decided not to match the Dallas Mavericks' offer to restricted free agent Chandler Parsons, allowing them to continue hunting for another star.

The Houston Rockets didn't want to match an offer for restricted free agent Chandler Parsons without bringing on a third star, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

When the Rockets felt like they were about to land free agent forward Chris Bosh, they would've had the ability to retain the Dallas Mavericks' offer to Parsons his Bird rights gave them the ability to go over the cap if they matched the three-year, $46 million offer sheet. That would have set their team up for the long-run with Parsons as the fourth wheel, but instead, Bosh chose to remain in Miami and the Rockets allowed Parsons to walk. Had Houston matched Parsons anyway, they wouldn't have the space to keep chasing after a max-level star.

The potential targets after Bosh's decision to return to the Heat are Rajon Rondo and Kevin Love.

After deciding not to match the offer sheet handed to Parsons, Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey decided to take the less-expensive route four years and $32 million of acquiring Trevor Ariza in a sign-and-trade deal that shipped off Omer Asik.

Celtics, T-Wolves after Turner

Indiana Pacers free agent Evan Turner is receiving interest from the Minnesota Timberwolves and Boston Celtics, according to ESPN's Jeff Goodman. The 2010 draft's second overall pick took on a smaller role last season after he was dealt from Philadelphia to Indiana, and while his numbers dipped in lesser minutes, his long-rnage shooting improved to a degree. Turner is a career 32.6 percent three-point shooter but hit half of his attempts in 27 games with the Pacers.

Though his offensive game includes limitations and he'll be 26 years old by the time the 2014-15 season rolls around, Turner still is viewed as a do-it-all type who might be able to help one of Minnesota or Boston make a postseason appearance this season. He averaged 14 points, five rebounds and 3.2 assists with the Sixers and Pacers last season.

Wizards talking trade for DeJuan Blair

The Washington Wizards are in discussion with the Dallas Mavericks to work out a sign-and-trade for free agent DeJuan Blair, according to the Dallas Morning News. The 25-year-old forward could be signed by another NBA team as a free agent, but the Wizards need to work out a sign-and-trade so Dallas first signs Blair to a contract worth more than the minimum that Washington can offer him.

It's expected that Dallas will receive cash or a trade exception in exchange for Blair, who averaged 6.4 points and 4.7 rebounds last season as a bullying paint presence.

Bonner re-ups with Spurs

Veteran Matt Bonner has re-signed with the San Antonio Spurs on a one-year, veteran's minimum deal, reports the San Antonio Express-News. The Red Rocket shot 43 percent from three-point range in 61 appearances last season and remained an integral piece to an NBA title squad.

Bonner remains the Spurs' fourth-longest tenured player behind Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili.

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