- Tim MacMahon, ESPN Staff Writer
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Chandler Parsons can get any awkward moments with his former team out of the way in the preseason opener.
The Dallas Mavericks will open the preseason against the Houston Rockets at the American Airlines Center on Oct. 7. After spending his first three seasons in Houston, Parsons signed a three-year, $46 million deal with the Mavs in restricted free agency.
Rockets general manager Daryl Morey, center Dwight Howard and shooting guard James Harden have all made comments diminishing the impact of Parsons’ departure. All have been duly noted in public fashion by Parsons.
The preseason finale features a reunion for point guard Jameer Nelson, another free-agent addition for the Mavs. The Mavs will finish the preseason on Oct. 24 in Orlando, where Nelson spent the first 10 seasons of his career before being waived this offseason. The Orlando Magic put up billboards around town expressing their appreciation for Nelson after that decision.
One other reunion on the Mavs’ preseason schedule: Vince Carter will come to town with the Memphis Grizzlies on Oct. 20. The Mavs hoped to re-sign Carter after his contributions the last three seasons, but he opted to go to the Grizzlies for a three-year, $12.2 million offer, more than the Mavs would have ended up being able to offer.
The Mavs’ preseason schedule:
Oct. 7: vs. Houston Rockets
Oct. 10: vs. Oklahoma City Thunder
Oct. 12: vs. Indiana Pacers
Oct. 17: at Cleveland Cavaliers
Oct. 18: at Indiana Pacers
Oct. 20: vs. Memphis Grizzlies
Oct. 23: at New Orleans Pelicans
Oct. 24: at Orlando Magic
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