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Jun 10, 2014

Rockets Rumors: Parsons hopes to stay in Houston

By on 8:00 PM

Houston Rockets forward Chandler Parsons expressed his interest in staying with the Rockets to Houston's Fox affiliate Mark Berman:  

"I want to be here. I love Houston. It's a great situation for me."

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The Rockets will have the option of picking up Parsons fourth year, or letting him become a restricted free agent this offseason. As a restricted free agent in July, the Rockets can match an offer sheet and retain Parsons on a long-term contract. By letting Parsons slip into restricted free agency, it would give the Rockets the financial flexibility to potentially sign another max contract player to play along side stars James Harden and Dwight Howard.  Houston could secure three max-out players including Howard, Harden and a potential star free agent and then re-sign Parsons to an extension below the max-level range. Parsons could command $12 million to $13 million annually.

Parsons expressing interest in remaining in Houston is good news for the Rockets organization. He was a big part of the Rockets success in the 2013-2014 season, averaging 16.6 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. His 6'9 stature and shooting ability was also key for the Rockets and is a hot commodity around the league as He shot 37 percent from the three point line. Parsons was also a big factor in bringing in eight time All-Star Dwight Howard in free agency last offseason. The Rockets drafted Parsons 38th overall out of the University of Florida and He is currently one of the best bargains in the NBA, making just $926.500 last season


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