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Report: Trail Blazers trying to pair Chandler Parsons and Dwight Howard

Portland Trail Blazers v Houston Rockets - Game One

HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 20: Dwight Howard #12 of the Houston Rockets grabs a rebound away from Robin Lopez #42 of the Portland Trail Blazers as Chandler Parsons #25 looks on in Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2014 NBA Playoffs at the Toyota Center on April 20, 2014 in Houston, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

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The Trail Blazers are interested in Chandler Parsons, reportedly offering him a max contract.

Well, you know the old saying: Where there’s Chandler Parsons, there’s Dwight Howard.

Jason Quick of CSN Northwest:

This would certainly be an exciting set of frontcourt additions for the Trail Blazers, who beat the odds last season behind strong guard play from Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum.

With Parsons and Howard, Portland would be a major threat in the West -- health permitting. That’s the big worry for those talented free agents, but short of landing Kevin Durant, upgrading requires risk. This might be a risk worth taking for the Blazers.

Giving Parsons a max contract would essentially use up all the Trail Blazers’ cap space, but they could clear room for Howard by renouncing Meyers Leonard ($7,689,700) and Maurice Harkless ($8,330,850) and/or trading Ed Davis ($6,666,667). With several team-friendly contracts and plenty of cap space, Portland is flexible.