Tag:RC Buford
Posted on: June 22, 2011 9:07 pm
Edited on: June 22, 2011 9:08 pm

George Hill being shopped?

Posted by Royce Young

Nevermind that Spurs general manager R.C. Buford just said they aren't shopping any players around, only "answering calls." Well, I guess he's answered a few regarding George Hill recently.

According to Draft Express, Hill is being shopped around for a late lottery pick to Milwaukee (10), Golden State (11) and Utah (12). All three teams likely would have interest, but the intriguing part is that supposedly, the Spurs are also dangling Tony Parker out for a high lottery pick. If either were to be moved, the one that remained would definitely become the starter. In Parker's case, he'd remain obviously.

It has always made some sense for San Antonio to try and move Hill along, seeing as he's probably too good of a backup to Parker. You have a top tier point man in Parker and a backup in Hill that would be starting for most teams. Understandable that the Spurs would finally look to move Hill and get as much value as they can.

A lot of teams are talking though right now and just because this rumor got floated out doesn't mean something is happening. But you already know that. At some point I'd imagine the Spurs would either part ways with Hill or make him the starter, but that doesn't mean now. Hill has a ton of value and somewhere in the late lottery makes sense for him.

However, with it being a seemingly weak draft, you'd wonder if that makes the Spurs balk a bit. They obviously have their eye on a player -- some think that's Donetas Montiejunas -- and I'm sure the Spurs are trying to target exactly where and what it's going to take to get him. Whether it's Parker or Hill, they're at least shopping.

Er, I mean, listening.
Posted on: June 22, 2011 6:23 pm
Edited on: June 22, 2011 6:41 pm

Spurs deny shopping Tony Parker

Posted by Royce Young

This might come as a great surprise, but the Spurs have denied shopping Tony Parker. Via the San Antonio Express-News:

“We’re not shopping anyone,” (Spurs GM R.C.) Buford said, via text message. “We’ve received calls on a lot of our guys and we’ve answered the phone."

That's the story NBA GMs like to stick to. "We're not trying to trade anyone, but we're going to at least listen..." A little further down in fact, is this tidbit:
An executive of a team not involved in the discussions said he had no knowledge that the Spurs were seeking deals for Parker, but confirmed the belief they were “gauging the interest” of teams that called about him.

A basketball executive of another team said the Spurs were unwilling to discuss trading Parker to the Raptors unless they agreed to also consider taking small forward Richard Jefferson.
But they're not trying to trade anyone! Just listening! It does seem like a pretty unlikely prospect that the Spurs are going to shop Tony Parker for the seventh or eighth pick in a weak draft, but I guess if someone wants to call Buford and offer away, he's going to hear him out. As he should.

Remember, Parker was the one that said the Spurs' window was closing. But he also signed a long-term extension to stay with the team through 2014. I don't think he's getting traded. For whatever reason, teams like to leak information out like this to try and gain something out of it.

And if you remember, earlier Rod Thorn, the Sixers president, admitted to shopping Andre Iguodala. Why can't more people be like that? I guess because there's a fine line between "shopping" and "listening." Either way, the Spurs aren't hanging anyone out as meat on their roster. At least that's what they say.

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