In a surprising move, the Houston Rockets have declined the 2014-2015 option on forward Chandler Parsons, who will now become a restricted free agent later in the summer. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports is reporting that Houston made this decision in part because it didn’t want the youngster to hit the unrestricted free agent market next year.
Yahoo Sources: Rockets plan to decline Chandler Parsons' option, freeing him to become a restricted free agent. http://t.co/vlPqxtI9iG
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 4, 2014
Unfortunately for fans in Houston, this will enable teams with a ton of cap room to sign Parsons to an offer sheet, at which point the Rockets would need to match in order to keep the forward. Parsons, a second-round pick back in 2011, averaged 16.6 points and 5.5 rebounds per game last season. He’s seen as an up-and-coming youngster with All-Star upside.