Apr 30, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets forwardChandler Parsons
(25) reacts to making a three-pointer during the third quarter against the Portland Trail Blazers in game five of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Richardson-USA TODAY Sports
It’s widely known around the NBA that Chandler Parsons might have the best contract for in the eyes of any general manager. Parsons has yet to earn $1 million for a season in each of his first 3 seasons, and has a team option for $964,750 next season.
The Houston Rockets have until June 29th to decide on Parsons’ future. If the option is picked up, Parsons will become an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2015. If not, he will become a restricted free agent this summer. Parsons, himself, is not concerned about the situation.
Speaking to the media on Monday afternoon after players arrived at Toyota Center to clean out their lockers, Parsons stated that he was just focused on winning:
“It doesn’t matter to me, the biggest thing for me is to win. When you win, you get whatever you want. We had a chance to do that this year and didn’t do it. Restricted, unrestricted, it doesn’t really matter to me. I just want to be in a good situation. I want to be on a winning team. And I think that can happen here. I’m not trying to go anywhere else. Obviously, I have to do what’s best for my career, but I love it here.
I haven’t really thought about it much. I still want to be playing right now. I don’t want to think about the contract or next year, but it’s going to come to a point I’m going to have to. I know it will be an exciting time. It’s why I hired (agent) Dan Fegan to do what he does. I’m sure I’ll be talking with Daryl (Morey) a lot this summer.”
Parsons has steadily improved each year, and finished with career highs in points(16.6), rebounds(5.5), and assists(4) this season. He also stepped up his game during the playoffs for the 2nd straight year, averaging 19.3 points and 6.8 rebounds in the Rockets’ first-round series loss to the Portland Trail Blazers.
Grade for the Houston Rockets 2013-2014 Season