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NBA Trade Rumor: Spurs shopping Tony Parker?

Posted on: June 21, 2011 9:32 pm
Edited on: June 21, 2011 9:43 pm
 
The San Antonio Spurs are reportedly shopping point guard Tony Parker. Posted by Ben Golliver. tony-parker

Back in May, shortly after the San Antonio Spurs had been eliminated from the NBA playoffs by the Memphis Grizzlies, point guard Tony Parker made some interesting comments, telling a French publication that he believed the team's championship window had closed.

Now, it appears that it could be Parker's career as a Spur that is coming to an end.

Yahoo! Sports reports that Parker's name is coming up in trade talks in advance of the 2011 NBA Draft on Thursday.
The San Antonio Spurs are engaged in discussions about trading point guard Tony Parker to secure a high pick in Thursday’s draft, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

The Spurs have talked to teams in the lottery, including the Toronto Raptors and Sacramento Kings, who hold the fifth and seventh picks, respectively.
Parker, 29, has played for the Spurs for his entire NBA career. He's coming off of an All-Star year in 2010-2011, one in which he averaged 17.5 points and 6.6 assists. The Spurs have another capable point guard in reserve George Hill, who theoretically could take the reins if Parker was traded and play alongside two guard Manu Ginobili.

Parker recently signed a contract extension that carries him through the 2014-2015 season. 

The lesson from the Memphis series for San Antonio is that the team needs to retool its front line, adding size, length and bulk. At pick No. 5 or pick No. 7, the Spurs could go the super intriguing route by adding Congolese big man Bismack Biyombo, arguably the best defensive prospect in the entire draft. Otherwise, either Enes Kanter or Jonas Valanciunas should be available at No. 5 and could be available at No. 7. Texas forward Tristan Thompson, also an excellent defender, would be another intriguing option at No. 7. 

An alternate approach: If the Spurs were simply looking to take a "Moneyball" approach to the point guard position, they could draft Kemba Walker and pay him a fraction of what they were paying Parker to serve as Hill's back-up. 

Parker would represent a home run for either the Raptors or the Kings. Both are saddled with questions marks at the point guard position, and Parker would plug in immediately as a quality floor general capable of making life easier for the young prospects he would be surrounded by.  

The question hanging over these discussions: Are the Spurs ready to blow this up? If so, moving Parker is a logical first step.
Comments

Since: Jul 27, 2010
Posted on: June 22, 2011 2:53 pm
 

NBA Trade Rumor: Spurs shopping Tony Parker?

Living in San Antonio sounds down right boring unless your an Alamo Enthusiast.  He's right. They're done. Marriage is over as well so time to get moving.



Since: Jun 22, 2011
Posted on: June 22, 2011 2:10 pm
 

NBA Trade Rumor: Spurs shopping Tony Parker?

should have kept your mouth shut....unless that is what you wanted all along. You knew Pop would go ballistic at your comments...besides who on the team is going to follow your "leadership" after that???



Since: Jun 22, 2011
Posted on: June 22, 2011 2:07 pm
 

NBA Trade Rumor: Spurs shopping Tony Parker?

You should have kept your mouth shut...unless that was your plan all along...we know you wnat to play in a bigger market....get what you can for him...besides, who on the team would have respect for him after what he said....not a leadership quality....



Since: Mar 21, 2010
Posted on: June 22, 2011 11:34 am
 

NBA Trade Rumor: Spurs shopping Tony Parker?

The question hanging over these discussions: Are the Spurs ready to blow this up? If so, moving Parker is a logical first step.
Moving Tony Parker might be the logical first step for the San Antonio Spurs but it is not going to be easy. They inked him to a 4 year $50 million deal that kicks in at the start of 2011-2012 season which averages out to $12.5 million per season. Will the Spurs get good value in return for Parker or a whole lot of crap contracts? Without a collective bargaining agreement in place this makes moving Parker that much more difficult.



Since: Nov 10, 2006
Posted on: June 22, 2011 10:54 am
 

NBA Trade Rumor: Spurs shopping Tony Parker?

Send him to the Knicks, I'll take em. We'll send back Chauncey Billups and and a smaller piece if we have to make the contracts match up.


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Since: Jan 24, 2011
Posted on: June 22, 2011 10:47 am
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Since: Sep 5, 2008
Posted on: June 22, 2011 10:38 am
 

NBA Trade Rumor: Spurs shopping Tony Parker?

The root of all this is Parkers big mouth.  Say what you will about what they can get, who they will trade for, who will start, all of that is secondary.  The real issue is Parker putting in print that the window has closed for the Spurs.  Period, end of sentence.  You can't have your leader (the point guard is the one running the offense) with everyone falling behind him knowing that he believes they can't win.  It just won't happen.  If he wanted a trade he should have doen it right and went to the front office, closed the door and discussed it like a man.  But to go to a foreign print and make statements like that, just wrong.



Since: Apr 23, 2011
Posted on: June 22, 2011 10:29 am
 

NBA Trade Rumor: Spurs shopping Tony Parker?

sorry this will not happen. 1st thing the lakers are an older team and need to add athletic youth to the roster. Parker isn't old yet but climbing in age and isn't athletic as he use to be. Also the Spurs want a high 1st round pick for parker & the laker don't have a 1st round pick at all..... so as a laker fan i don't want him nor do we have what it takes to get him. but what we can do is, trade buynum to the T wolves for the 2nd pick and jonny flynn also maybe artest for Anthony Randolph. and with that pick we can draft derrick williams. & have the starting 5 of flynn, kobe, williams,odom, gasol...... resign barnes and have him brown, blake, randolph,ebanks, and character off the bench... maybe sign a vet SG who can score off the bench...... thats what i would do if i was GM



Since: Apr 23, 2011
Posted on: June 22, 2011 10:17 am
 

NBA Trade Rumor: Spurs shopping Tony Parker?

no the lakers  don't want him he's good but getting older. the laker are already an older team and need to add some athletic youth to the roster. plus the spurs are looking for a high 1st round draft pick for parker which the lakers dont have, they dont even have a 1st round pick at all. so sorry your parker to LA dreams wont happen....



Since: May 13, 2008
Posted on: June 22, 2011 9:52 am
 

NBA Trade Rumor: Spurs shopping Tony Parker?

lakers lakers lakers lol


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