Thursday, June 24th, 2010 at 9:00 am  |  29 responses

Would the Spurs Trade Tony Parker?

by Marcel Mutoni / @marcel_mutoni

Tony Parker has one year (and $13.5 million) left on his current deal with the San Antonio Spurs. Coming off an injury-riddled season, during which his numbers took a noticeable dip after only playing in 56 games, there’s been talk around the League that San Antonio would consider shopping their star point guard.

According to Parker, things are entirely out of his hands when it comes to the trade chatter, but that he hopes to remain with the Spurs.

The Express-News takes a look at the validity (or lack thereof) of the rumors:

Less than 24 hours to go until the start of Thursday’s NBA draft, and the question remains: Is Tony Parker really on the trading block? The Spurs already own the 20th pick, their highest since taking Tim Duncan first overall in 1997, but rumors persist that they are looking to move up even higher than that — and that they could use their three-time All-Star point guard as a bargaining chip to get there.

The Spurs helped fuel the trading-up rumors at last month’s combine in Chicago, opting to interview Georgia Tech big man Derrick Favors — a presumptive top-5 selection. Through media reports, the Spurs have also been mentioned in Parker-related talks with Indiana, which has the 10th pick. Yet two NBA front-office sources — each representing separate teams with a top-10 pick — told the Express-News reports of the Spurs shopping Parker are overblown.

“I wouldn’t put much credence in it,” one Eastern Conference executive said. Meanwhile, a rival Western Conference general manger said Wednesday he believes the Spurs are as apt to trade down as up Thursday. Parker’s inclusion in trade rumors is understandable. He is the Spurs’ most tradable asset, perhaps the only single player who could get them into the top 10 of this year’s draft. Parker is heading into the final season of his contract, and there is some question as to whether the Spurs will be able to offer him the kind of extension he wants. Though he’s coming off an injury-plagued season, Parker, at 28, is in the prime of his career, and is just one season removed from an All-NBA campaign.

All told, it doesn’t sound like there’s anything too serious going on in the Spurs’ front-office when it comes to Parker’s trade availability.

Then again, where there’s smoke …

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  • RedRum

    this is stupid… Tiago Splitter is coming who is a beast, why would they trade parker for a questionable rookie? He will be healthy again this year, Splitter is coming, I see the Spurs being the favourites next year is Jackson leaves LA. With Splitter-Duncan on the post, Manu and Parker on the backcourt, I think they are legitimate contenders. Splitter is really great, he destroyed the Spanish league this year

  • gomez

    They should trade him for someone who can help Duncan defensively down low. George Hill is more than capable of playing the point..

  • floe

    it would be the smart move to make and last time i checked Pops was pretty smart.

  • gomez

    i suck

  • Groves

    i think parker should only be traded if packaged with jefferson for a strong post or a wing star

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    I don’t know if George Hill is a long-term answer for the Spurs at PG. He’s going to be a high calibre role player at best I feel.
    Nothing wrong with that, but if they trade Parker, they need to get a star-calibre player back, &/or high first-round picks.
    The Spurs really need help upfront though. McDyess is like 45 next year, and Brian Scalabrine’s brother is just awkward to watch.
    They’ve gotta buy out Tiago Splitter’s contract / do whatever is necessary to get him in uniform.

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    only for chris paul. tony isnt going anywhere, and i really really hope tiago is as good as advertized, and they get a nice piece with the pick, oh and do not resign bonner, please dont do that.

  • Groves

    if they are talking of trading parker then they are way past the stage of talking bout trading duncan, who should be traded way before parker

  • AL29

    They have to get rid of Jefferson, at all costs. Parker is still young, but is injury prone, and if the team wants a championship they’ll have to buffer and/or replace their big three as it’s a long, long season. The Spurs are in the same situation as the Celtics.

  • http://www.shawnkemp.com JACO

    @al29 smart move

  • RedRum

    Splitter said that he is going to the NBA. His buy out is 500K. He is going to the Spurs, no doubt. Now… if the Spurs could pull a trade to bring Paul for Parker/Jefferson…

  • http://www.nba.com/suns Dacre

    @groves?… why would you ever trade duncan? the guy is an IMMORTAL shoe-in for the HOF and the greatest PF of all time…. I think the Spurs should keep all their players and let them get healthy.

  • Jose

    CP3 for TP. that be tight. 2 of the greatest Demon Deacons in Paul And Duncan with The Spurs

  • LA Huey

    co-sign Dacre. Trading Duncan at this stage after leading them to the most success the franchise has ever had will most certainly lead a terrible curse from the Basketball Gods.

  • http://www.hoopsvibe.com/features/overdribbling chiqo

    if the spurs don’t make moves, they’re looking at some down years once their guys retire/get old. if parker has some value, get something in return for him while you can, as he is the least of their big three.

  • Kap

    WTF…Spurs favorites with PJ gone? Splitter has not played a minute of bball in NBA. Stay off the rum…

  • rainman10

    Trade Tony Parker to the Pacers for a package that includes the 10th pick and Troy Murphy/TJ Ford. Send the 20th Pick and Ford with Jefferson to New Orleans for Chris Paul. Trade the #10 pick to Minny or OKC for their 2 picks in the 20′s. Then you draft Bledsoe and Whiteside, both of who should still be there. Some of those trades may have to include future picks or fillers for cap space. Then get a wing in free agency like Travis Outlaw or Kyle Korver. But it would put a roster for the Spurs at Duncan, Murphy, free agent wing, Manu, Chris Paul, and a bench that includes George Hill, Hassan Whiteside, Eric Bledsoe, Dejuan Blair, and McDyess I believe. They would have to get another SF in there somehow. Just some ideas, most of which are highly improbable I’m sure.

  • rainman10

    Oh and I forgot Splitter potentially being in the mix.

  • Kap

    They are using their entire mid level exception on Splitter so they won’t have any money to spend after signing him

  • annie

    All this chatter is just that- chatter!
    let’s wait and see what they do- they have been smart in the past and I am sure they will be tonight and in the future.

    If Splitter signs and that’s A BIG IF (he sounds like Bron- wants to be courted and get big bucks), then the Spurs merely need a decent back up center/SF.

    Now, if Jefferson opts out- that’s what I want to happen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • ave. joe

    Parker for AlJeff + Rubio … Parker isn’t going anywhere though so this is all for nothing.

  • Carl Monroy

    Splitter will be a great addition, but Duncan ain’t gettin any younger. The longer Tiago takes getting to San Antonio, the older the BIG Fundamental gets. They need some young players for sure, I honestly thought they would battle the Lake Show this year in the Western Conference Finals… I can’t believe they got swept by the Suns….

  • http://www.basketbrasil.com.br Rubens

    word around the Splitter camp is that he’s going to the NBA.
    Trading Duncan would be so wrong…

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    Parker, manu, rj(sigh), mcdyess, timmy. Tiago, hill, blair looks like contenders to me,

  • RedRum

    Are you guys mental??? Trading TD??? The guy even took less money 2 year ago when he signed his contract to have money left for Manu (hear that Bron???). TD is the Spurs… anyone who call for his trade shows how undervalued TD is. He is not that old, he is 32-33! If shaq can play at a high level at 37, TD can as well! I agree with Tarzan, this does look like a contending lineup, especially if you consider that Celtics and LA will probably be weaker next year (due to coaching changes) and I cannot see any team being that much stronger, unless an uber-team is built around Lebron. One other thing, if Jaχ, Doc and Larry Brown do not coach next year, Pop will be the only coach int he league with a ring! Has that ever happened before???

  • al

    would eva aprove of this trade? this only happens if it gets her stamp of approval..

  • Art

    Think people are forgetting the possibility of Parker leaving us after next year.I say trade him while we can,and get some star power in return.

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