Houston Rockets power forward Chandler Parsons told the Houston Chronicle that he communicates with Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard every day about coming to Houston.
Howard is set to become a free agent July 1 but teams are not allowed to recruit pending free agents until that date. Parsons could be guilty of tampering, which would result in a fine.
Parsons said he sent Howard a text message Friday, a day after the Miami Heat defeated the San Antonio Spurs in Game 7 of the NBA Finals.
"After watching that last night, I hit him with, 'Come to Houston. That could be us???' " Parsons said
Parsons said he is in constant contact with Howard.
"I talk to Dwight every day," he said. "I've created a relationship with him, where I feel like we're very close. He hits me up about everything. I've covered pretty much every question he's had. I basically tell him, 'We have a chance to be really good without you next year. We're going to have a good season. Why not come and join us, join our core guys who are for sure to be here and make us great, make us contend for a championship?'
"That's the main point I've gotten from talking to him. He wants to win. He wants to win rings. It's obvious there is no better fit, no better team or opportunity to do that than with us."
The league could fine the Rockets for Parsons' contact with Howard. The Rockets and Atlanta Hawks were among three teams fined earlier this month for tampering with Howard, according to USA Today. Penalties are typically lenient but usually involve fines.