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Thursday, September 23rd, 2010 at 9:05 am  |  34 responses

Spurs to Consider Trading Tony Parker?

by Marcel Mutoni / @marcel_mutoni

This is not the first time Tony Parker’s name has been floated out in trade rumors. Last season, there was some rumbling, but it passed over quickly. With Tony entering the final season of his current deal with the Spurs, there’s no telling what the future holds for the point guard and his current employer.

Both sides continue to say the right things — the Spurs insist that Parker had a great offseason; Tony views the upcoming season as his final chance to win a title with Duncan and co. — but it’s not inconceivable to see them parting ways.

According to the Express-News, depending on how well (or badly) things go for the Spurs early on in the season, Parker could end up on the trading block:

This should be clear: He’s not Carmelo Anthony, another entering the final season of his contract. Parker wants to be here this season, and he wants to win. And if Parker resumes his All-Star status while the Spurs win? There might be the same franchise urgency to find a contractual compromise as there was with Ginobili late last season.

But everything else is also possible. If the Spurs don’t begin their season well, they will look to deal their most tradeable asset. And, when the season is over, they could lose Parker to free agency, no matter how well he plays … There are indications Parker is open to everything. Sometimes he has said he wants to stay, as he told the Express-News in May when trade rumors surfaced. And sometimes he sounds as if he would embrace change. “It would be … maybe a good challenge for me to go elsewhere,” Parker told the French newspaper publication, L’Equipe, in June. “If I leave, I can make another career — eight, nine years in a different club.”

The report goes on to suggest that Parker would like to play in New York (drawing largely from comments made by both Amar’e Stoudemire and Tony’s wife, Eva Longoria.)

Gregg Popovich claims that the Spurs consider themselves true title contenders. With Tony Parker’s contractual situation looming over everything, he and everyone realizes that this could very well be the last run for this particular group in San Antonio.

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  • http://twitter.com/on_ray henry

    bring on ghill3

  • http://aspov.blogspot.com Cheryl

    I don’t want everybody on my team, but I would LOVE TP on the Heat. It can only happen though, if he stays in San Antonio the whole season and signs as a free agent. There’s not players who the Spurs would want in a trade not named James or Wade.

  • JoeMaMa

    The Spurs will trade him two months into the season, giving GHill enough time to get comfy as the starter…look for them to trade for young players and picks. If Pop really does like Hill the way he says, then a trade is in order. Parker won’t resign; get some value in return and plan for the future, because my man Timmy D only has a couple of years left in him.

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    Tony to Sacramento for Jason Thompson, Beno, and their 2012 first round pick.

  • http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/knicks/eva_parker_longs_for_ny_HYgBXqD8Z9c7W7hnPVrhiK IAMORANGE4EVER

    Eva Longoria and Tony Parker are eyeing New York after oen more year in San Antonio. BOOK IT!

  • Anthony

    I really hope we can keep Tony for the whole season and try to go all the way. I know it’s a business and the Spurs don’t wanna lose a valuable player for nothing but still. We have one of the best 1-2 rotation in the league (TP, Manu, Hill) and if Splitter can play i really like our chances.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    He’s still one of the better PGs in the league. He could really help a team out.

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

    they really should trade him. get someone young and useful, because parker is not the future of that team.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Why does everyone just automatically assume that free agents want to go to New York? Seriously…

  • Brian Montez

    I would love Jason Thompson on team, but that seems unlikely. Hill has plenty of experience since he started a majority of the season last yr, and Hill and Blair are also in the final year of their contract. I’d rather pay hill & Blair than TP.

  • abaci

    Agreed Teddy, so much talk about New York all the time

  • The D Train

    Thank you Teddy. It’s so nutso. When was the last time the Knicks were relevant? And does anyone else notice that one of the chief reasons behind two of these star-to-superstar players supposedly wanting to play in NY is their attention-seeking wives? Just saying that playing for the Knicks isn’t necessarily the draw it used to be if your wife has to push you to go to NY for their publicity needs/wants.

  • JoeMaMa

    For a few reasons: NYC is the center of the basketball universe. MSG is apparently the best place to play, in terms of atmosphere, prestige, fame. NYC is one of the premier cities in NA. The owner has deep pockets and will go into the L tax for players. Top advertising dollars. The east coast centred media really finds its home in NYC, so players get a bigger name playing there. And no one loves a winner more than NY fans…though that’s only what I hear on the playground.

  • http://Www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Quoi? TP in Trade rumors? Chaque année à nouveau… Dude must feel underappreciated on his own squad, let alone in the court of public opinion.

  • Anon E Mouse

    Now I’m not one to treat every trade rumour as gospel but assuming this one is true you’d think TP was a scrub! Dude is a finals MVP and what 3 or 4 times Allstar? Where the hell is his extension or at least some leaked talk of it???

    No problem, go ahead and let him walk. Sorry Cheryl, I can see him and Amare rejunvenating the Knicks – hey I can hope!(at least it’s more realistic than expecting CP3 in NYC anytime soon).

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    Agreed, @Anon E Mouse. Hopefully Raymond Felton in D’Antoni’s system makes the Knicks not even worry about point guard, but if for some reason the Knicks are still searching for the right fit at point, Tony Parker is a logical choice considering he’s a free agent next summer.

  • dsleepy

    i dunno, george hill is good but tony parker is better. given that timmy’s window is closing, i think they’d want to keep tp to make one more run while they can

  • http://twitter.com/HarryByrdMan44 LA Huey

    TP and Melo’s wifeys are trying to influence their careers. What we won’t do for love…

  • Anon E Mouse

    @Teddy – Forget the media talk about NY, JoeMaMa summed that up nicely (east coast centric media) but from one NY fan’s perspective, when you are a perennial bottom dweller (no homo for you young un’s) you tend to cling to any glimmer of hope for your team. When a top tier player (hell, any half decent player that can improve your situation) is on the block or subject to trade rumours, you tend to project your thoughts, wishes, dreams on the situation in the hope that it will come true. Anyone who has supported a winner/contender just to see the team hit rock bottom would surely understand that regardless of the sport involved. In the case of NY we are actually in the basement just below rock bottom but I’ll still ride out for my Knicks.

  • JTaylor21

    Of course WHERE’s all the anger and hate towards the Spurs franchise for wanting to trade TP? But when a player wants to leave or get traded, moronic fans and the media start bi*ching and pouting about them having no loyal and BS. F*ck the fans and owners, the players are the ONLY reason we watch.

  • Ryan

    We’ll take him in Detroit for Rip

  • Anon E Mouse

    @JTaylor21 calm down man, this is all speculation, no trades, extensions etc have been set in stone. Now should the Spurs be deep into extension talks and saying all the right things in proper press releases to assure their one time MVP that he is valued? Hell yeah but come on man keep it in context here. Read the article it does mention that TP has mentioned leaving but again the whole thing is speculation, a non story. Now have fun imagining what he could bring to another team should he choose one after the year is up… preferebly NY!

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

    Lol @ these random ‘reports’ the past couple yars about spurs trading tony. He isnt going anywhere this season. Maybe a sign n trade next summer, but I hope not. In other stupid make believe news, the lakers are considering trading pau

  • TheTruth

    In other news Brandon Roy, Kevin Durant, and Derek Rose have all decided to opt out of their contracts to sign with the knicks. Lol knicks honestly just give up already, NO ONE WANTS TO PLAY THERE!

  • Daniel

    Lol @TheTruth

    I believe tony parker will stay for the rest of this season with the spurs then make his move as a free agent because the spurs aren’t going to trade him for nothing and no one is going to want to trade away a good player for a player that might leave them in the off season anyway. Simple as that

    Also can we please stop bringing up the knicks in the conversation with every all star being traded. There’s one of those Space Jam basketballs that takes players talent in the knicks locker room. Its a cure. Unless you’re drafted or start your career there you won’t do well. The only exception to me was Allen Houston and he ended up gettin hurt.

  • http://slamonline.com nikehead23

    theres no chance that he ends up in miami, even if he plays out his contract..you seriously think he would accept a mid level contract, thats all that miami could offer ..unless you think they’re getting rid of lebrick

  • MusketeerX

    TP has already expressed an interest in NY. Its not inconceivable.

  • Franko

    forget about that…

  • http://www.twitter.com/TheDiesel Anton

    Amare wants him to put on a wig to make the transition as seamless as possible.

  • hammer

    Co-sign chiqo @ 10:18. Spurs got 2 do something. Need 2 get young. And tho parker is only 28,it feels like he’s 32. 2 injury prone last couple seasons. So is manu and duncan. There not dumb enuff or as samuel l jackson says n jackie brown “My ass may b dumb,but I’m not a dumb @ss”,2 trade td just yet. So trade either parker or manu

  • Anon e Mouse

    @Daniel I for one have no problem with the Knicks not being mentioned in every trade rumour, but come on now, if you’re going to make a ridiculous statement like “Unless you’re drafted or start your career there you won’t do well” then you might have to be benched you from the comments section. Just a few names to start you off:

    Spreewell, Starks, Oakley, A Mason, Camby, Crawford etc. Now straighten up and behave yourself.

  • Anon e Mouse

    * Sprewell *

  • Titletown99030507

    I’ll take Gallinari, Chandler and whatever else it takes to even out salaries or 3 way 4way trades to make it happen for Parker right now.

    Gallinari, Felton, Ewing jr. to the Spurs

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