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Tuesday, May 11th, 2010 at 11:30 am  |  19 responses

Spurs Have No Plans to Trade Tony Parker

Spurs GM R.C. Buford was forced to beat back media speculation that Tony was possibly getting shopped. He assures the Express-News that Parker isn’t going anywhere: “If Tony Parker is on the trading block, somebody forgot to tell Spurs general manager R.C. Buford. Speculation, stemming from a piece on ESPN.com, is running rampant that the Spurs are expected to ‘at least consider’ trading their three-time All-Star point guard this summer. Acknowledging the Spurs are beholden to ‘continue to evaluate any opportunity that comes,’ Buford said Monday he does not expect to shop Parker during the offseason. ‘I think that you would be crazy not to want a player like Tony in our program for a long time,’ Buford said, adding, ‘The speculation with Tony is placed outside our organization.’ Owning an expiring contract worth $13.5 million set to come off the books next season, and still in his prime at age 27, Parker remains the Spurs most tradeable asset. However, dealing him, and thus breaking up the Spurs’ championship core, could prove too traumatic.”

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  • BackInBlack

    after last nights game, it would be stupid if they did.

  • Tommy Patron

    Parker has lost a step, and was never a good playmaker. The Spurs roster, as presently constructed, has three playmakers and 3/4 of a shooter(Hill,Bonner). I think a Parker trade is a good idea.

  • Tommy Patron

    I meant, never a good playmaker for others.

  • http://sfdjklf.com Jukai

    Parker has not lost a step. That’s a ridiculous statement to make. He’s not a classical true-point, but neither is Derrick Rose.

  • Tommy Patron

    Jukai-In what way is that a ridiculous statement to make? Do you think that he is getting to the basket and destroying teams as he did when the Spurs were winning titles? Do you think there is a correlation between his ability to beat multiple defenders off the dribble and his quickness level. Also, what is a “classical” point guard? Someone who passed Chopin the rock?

  • http://sfdjklf.com Jukai

    Parker isn’t getting to the basket and destroying teams cause he had big wrist and shoulder problems at the end of the year and in the playoffs. It has nothing to do with his foot speed. He was beating Dallas and Phoenix’s entire team off the dribble, he was having trouble finishing.
    Also, a ‘classical’ point guard is someone who looks to pass equally as much as he looks to score. I think Tony Parker still looks to score before he looks to set people up… however, this same Parker who was ‘never a good playmaker’ was still in the top-eleven assist leaders in the NBA while being on a team that runs on ball movement and whose main scoring option is a person who mainly posts up, dissolving any chances of an assist.
    That’s why the statements are hedging on the ridiculous side of things.

  • http://Twitter.com/pdxgaybball Dma

    Well they’ll have to move either Parker or Hill this summer. I mean you can teach A guy French, but you can’t teach him speed.

  • Tommy Patron

    I was really just referring to the misuse of the word classical. As far as whether Parker has lost a step, next season will tell the tale. I hope he hasn’t, I like San Antonio.

  • Tommy Patron

    Also, to your point about Parker’s assist numbers, I agree, his assists are system-driven.

  • http://www.stuffwhitepeoplelike.com Tarzan Cooper

    Tony isnt going anywhere, thats retarded . Spurs need pyrzbilla, and better wing players. Rjs contract anyone?

  • LA Huey

    Spurs should stay pat. They’re not going to win a title through trades at this point (barring some Kupchak-style moves). Duncan and Manu are on the decline and won’t/can’t be traded. Keep finding good players outside the lottery and just keep playing. I love these Spurs. They can’t win titles anymore but they’re still competitive.

  • 6marjons

    give everyone rest get rid of jefferson (as much as i love his game) and get bosh

  • Shem

    Everyone’s talking like the Spurs just finished last in the league. They got to the 2nd round. The Spurs are a dynasty team this decade. They’re just getting old and injured. Don’t trade Parker because he’s the youngest of the big 3 (I’m not sure if I should include Jefferson). When healthy he’s arguably a top 5 PG. As much as I hate to say it being the die hard raps fan I am, if bosh is going anywhere it’s San Antonio. Came out of Texas and if he goes there they can have 1 or 2 title runs.

  • http://sfdjklf.com Jukai

    “Parkers assists are system driven”
    Okay, we’re done having a conversation now Tommy. Have a good life.

  • Sarah

    In addition to what Jukai said, I’d just like to add that Tony also had plantar fasciitis / a bum heel most of the year on top of the wrist and shoulder issues toward the end of the season so it’s a little early to say he lost a step…

  • Surreal

    I’m a die hard fan since the days of D-Rob and Elliott. It’s sad to see superstars get old. But as for Tony, I’ll keep him and try to trade Hill, Jefferson, and Bonner. Hopefully we can get Tiago Splitter for the front court and trade for a shooter like Mike Miller. A defensive specialist would be nice but I can’t think of anyone like Bruce Bowen who’s playing in the L right now.

  • Justin

    Bosh isn’t going to San Antonio. He wants max money and with the money the “big 3″ are getting paid in San Antonio, he won’t fit in there financially speaking. Bosh will be going to Miami, Chicago, or staying in Toronto. As for the Spurs trading Parker, I think that would be a little hasty at this point. Yeah, he’s had some nagging injuries and maybe he should take a summer off from the international scene to give his body some well deserved rest. He can make it up by bouncing on his wife more. I’d rather be doing that anyway. I hate the rest of the Spurs though so I’m glad they’re done

  • http://www.nba.com/suns Dacre

    HAHAHA – That Jukai/Tommy Patron discussion lasted all of 3 posts before it was hamstrung and put out to pasture… I just LOVE when someone says something incorrect around Juk’s.

  • Jason

    Although I’m not sure whether these trades can go through, I would like to see…

    1. Richard Jefferson traded for either Elton Brand or Al Jefferson. To my understanding, both the Sixers and Wolves aren’t thrilled by their stars’ performances and lengthy contracts, so by taking RJ both teams could get cap relief for 2011/12.

    The Sixers have the No. 2 pick and can draft Derrick Favors. For the Spurs, this adds a legitimate low post scorer, rebounder and defender, regardless of whether they get Brand or Al Jefferson. The Spurs also have a bunch of players coming off the books, so they will have some breathing room, and most importantly, they can keep the big 3 together.

    2. Another good scenario is signing Tiago Splitter to a Mid-Level Exception deal, something that’s going to be a lot harder to do than people think. Splitter will be able to make more money overseas next season barring a huge fall in the euro. But if they do sign him, I think the Spurs have what they need in the frontcourt and do not have to spend big money on an All-Star caliber big man. Splitter, although not explosive, is very athletic and skilled. And keeping Jefferson for one more year could pay off big next season.

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