HOUSTON (FOX 26) -
Chandler Parsons is taking his contractual situation in stride while he waits for the Houston Rockets to make their decision on him.
They have until June 30 to exercise the fourth-year option on his contract.
If the Rockets decline the option, Parsons would become a restricted free agent and the Rockets retain the right to match any offer he gets.
"It's really out of my control," Parsons said. "We're talking a lot back and forth.
"That's really up to the guy right behind you."
Parsons was referring to Rockets general manager Daryl Morey, who stopped by the Macy's at Memorial City to see Parsons who was making an appearance on behalf of Kenneth Cole's new fragrance, Mankind.
Morey did not comment to the media.
His lack of quotes and his potential decision to not exercise Parsons' option have nothing to do with the Rockets' interest in retaining their star small forward.
It is expected if the Rockets allow Parsons to become a restricted free agent, it would be part of a complex business decision to try and land another major star for the franchise, with the team eventually signing him as well.
Parsons said whatever uncertainty there seems to exist is not at an issue for him..
"No, not really," Parsons said. "I worked my entire life to be in this situation.
"I think everything will work itself out."
And Parsons is hopeful he will continue working in Houston.
"I want to be here," Parsons said. "I love Houston.
"It's a great situation for me, the city, my teammates, Coach (Kevin) McHale, Daryl, (Rockets CEO) Tad (Brown), all of them are great."
If his option is picked up Parsons would make $964,000 next season and he would continue to be one of the best bargains in the NBA.
Parsons knows that at some point he is going to get a new contract.
"It's a weird feeling," Parsons said. "It's exciting. Nothing's happened yet.
"Of course I want to be here. We've got a chance to be really good and I think I'm a big part of that."
Parsons was treated like a rock star on Saturday while taking pictures with fans and customers at Macy's.
Some of them arrived at the store at 5 a.m. to get in line.
"This means the world to me," said Sana Aziz, while holding a picture of her and Parsons.
Aziz is from Katy.
"I have been dying to see Chandler Parsons and give him a hug in person forever," Azis said. "This is a dream come true. He's just a great, honorable person and he means so much to me."
Parsons said it is very flattering to have his fans think so highly of him.
"I didn't expect all of this," Parson said. "I felt like a rock star walking in here.
"I hope they consider me a friend and not just someone that they watch play basketball."