Parsons wants to stay, unconcerned about future

Parsons wants to stay, unconcerned about future
June 7, 2014, 4:30 pm
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Rockets forward Chandler Parsons was back in Houston on Saturday afternoon supporting a new fragrance at an event at Memorial City Mall. His contract situation with the Rockets remains officially unchanged, as the team has until June 30 to exercise the fourth-year option on his contract.

If they decline the option, which reportedly is their current plan, he would become a restricted free agent this offseason when the new league year begins.

"I've worked my whole life to be in the situation," Parsons said when asked if the situation was unsettling at all. "I think everything will work itself out. I just have to continue to get better. It's really out of my control, we're talking a lot back and forth, that's really up to the guy behind you. So it's out of my control."

The guy standing behind the media was Rockets general manager Daryl Morey, who merely stopped by to say hello to Parsons and had no comment on Parsons' contract situation.
The support of the organization has been felt by Parsons. Leslie Alexander told Fox26 in October 2013 that the Rockets will at some point work out a long-term deal with Parsons, telling Fox, "We'll sign Chandler. We always do. Nobody's ever left. He's an integral part of the team. We don't want to let a terrific player go."

Parsons acknowledged the support of the organization.

"It's cool. I want to be here. I love Houston," he said. "It's a great situation for me, the city, my teammates, (head) coach (Kevin) McHale, Daryl (Morey), (Rockets CEO) Tad (Brown), all of them are great. Of course I want to be here, we'll see how it works out."

As he had said when the Rockets lost their playoff series, Parsons maintains he's not concerned with his restricted or unrestricted free agent status. If the option is declined, then if nothing else it essentially guarantees that he will be seeing a big payday one year sooner than if the option is exercised.

"It's a weird feeling, but it's exciting, but nothing has happened yet," Parsons said. "So just keep working out and just wait till that day."

Parsons plans on working out in Los Angeles over the summer as he did a year ago with a host of NBA stars.
"I'll rent a house out in Los Angeles, I'll train with (trainer) Rob McClanaghan," Parsons said. "The competition out there is unbelievable, so I'll be training with the best all summer."

One of the players who worked out with Parsons and McClanaghan was Timberwolves forward Kevin Love, who is likely on his way out of Minnesota at some point in the next year's time, if not as a soon later this month around the NBA draft on June 26. He was asked if Love would be back to train with him and others.

"Of course, he'll be there, (Kevin Durant) will be there, John Wall, (Derrick) Rose. There will be a lot of heavy hitters, so I might be texting them about some other stuff."