War of words continue between Rockets and Chandler Parsons

Chandler Parsons is no longer a member of the Rockets, but neither he, nor his former teammates seem capable of moving on. 

Following the Rockets decision to not match the Mavericks' offer sheet for the forward, Parsons revealed that he was not happy with the way he was treated during the free agent process.

"Honestly, I was offended by the whole process. 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."

It wasn't soon after that Dwight Howard, a man that Parsons helped convince to sign with the Rockets, didn't think Parsons' absence would hurt the team. 

"It won't affect us at all. We have myself and James. We have the best center and the best two guard in the game on the same team. It's on us."

Obviously, Parsons was not too thrilled with Howard's comment and voiced his opinion during an interview with Jim Rome. 

“I know he didn’t mean it. He’s one of my closest friends,” said Parsons. “He’s got to be confident with the Rockets moving forward with or without me there, so I understand where he’s coming from. I think it’s a ridiculous statement, but at the end of the day, he has to stick up for the Rockets and I don’t think he meant it in a bad way and didn’t try to bash me at all.”

But of course, the indirect war of words did not end there.

James Harden, who was in The Philippines for a charity event of behalf of USA Basketball, commented on the makeup of next year's team.

From the Philippines Star: “Dwight (Howard) and I are the cornerstones of the Rockets,” said Harden. “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.”

Harden isn't necessarily wrong, but Parsons continued to take it as a slight, according to Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders.

Are we finished here, gentleman?

Now, we're done.

Althought this miniscule quarrel seems like nothing but a

way to talk about something during the dullest part of the offseason, it should help to make the games next season between the two teams all the more interesting.