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Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011 at 9:00 am  |  30 responses

Report: San Antonio Spurs Shopping Tony Parker


by Marcel Mutoni@marcel_mutoni

After the league-leading San Antonio Spurs were unceremoniously booted out of the Playoffs this year, point guard Tony Parker told the French media that his current team’s window to win a championship had been shut closed.

Parker, naturally, denied having said such a thing when the San Antonio press asked him about it.

But with the NBA Draft looming, and the Spurs clearly needing to shake things up, Tony Parker may soon find himself chasing a title in another city.

Yahoo! Sports reports:

The Spurs have talked to teams in the lottery, including the Toronto Raptors and Sacramento Kings, who hold the fifth and seventh picks, respectively. The Kings are determined to get a frontline point guard, and have also talked with the Denver Nuggets about Raymond Felton.

It’s unclear who the Spurs would prefer to take if they acquired a high lottery pick. If the Spurs were to trade [Tony] Parker, George Hill could become their starting point guard. League sources said Hill also has drawn trade interest from teams willing to give the Spurs a pick near the back end of the lottery.

The 29-year old Tony Parker — who signed a 4-year, $50 million extension last October — had a solid bounce-back season (17.5 points, 6.6 assists per game) following his injury-riddled 2009-’10 campaign, but struggled in the first round Playoff defeat at the hands of the Memphis Grizzlies.

If they can’t get a quality floor general like Raymond Felton, one would think that San Antonio would want something better than the 5th or 7th pick in return for Parker, in what is generally considered a very weak NBA Draft this year.

Unless, of course, Tony was right in his assessment of the team all along, and it’s time for the Spurs to start slowly rebuilding.

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  • Yann Blavec

    Sainte Merde !!

  • Riggs

    haha @ that pic “Sacre bleu!”

  • DJ

    One of he dunmbest things the Spurs thought of

  • Wagers

    ‘Bring me the snails!’

  • Trout

    There is a problem the way the Spurs are coached and constructed means they can’t just slot people in (Richard Jefferson is a case in point) so who the hell do you get i xchange that improves the roster or maintain the status quo?

  • ripslam

    This guy always springs up in trade talk every offseason and every year he stays put. It’s like Amar’e in the last few years before free agency.

  • http://www.nba.com TheBigL

    Maybe they’re looking for a tall Spaniard?

  • rudy

    Im not so sure if he’d fit well with the kings. Tyreke needs someone who he can dish it to on the wing, and everybody knows tony’s three-pointer is busted. Draft the Jimmer!

  • http://sdkjflf.com Jukai

    I have absolutely no idea who the Spurs would take who would be a third as good as Tony Parker. Utah taking Tony for the third and twelve draft pick makes a lot of sense. Tony Parker for the seventh? What is this, a fire sale? Zut alors!

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    The Spurs are reportedly after Jonas Valanciunas.

  • AQWORD

    who Rubio ?

  • Walt Williams

    Omri Casspi and #7 for T.Parker. You start George Hill and slide Casspi into the SF spot. Perfect. Can we have Tony Parker now, please? It is time for the Kings to be on the recieving end of a salary dump!

  • Mariano

    Stupid trade… I don’t want another soft big man who has more chances of being a bust than good

    Plus, we already got Tiago Splitter, why not just draft someone like Jeremy Tyler at the 29th?

    I say if we trade Parker, we do that deeper into the season… And if it’s a salary dump then just trade RJ

  • mdshuai33

    It’s interesting to me how no one talks about the huge upset the Spurs were dealt this season the same way as they did about the Mavs in ’07; sure the Mavs won more games during the season that year, but they at least won a game in the playoffs.

  • Riggs

    ZUT ALORS!

  • Riggs

    @mdshuai33: the spurs core players won chips, the mavs didnt.

  • bails1

    @mdshuai33- Spurs won a game and what Riggs said. I hate the Spurs but cmon man.

  • James AKA…

    It’s becaused the spurs overachieved, and the mavs underachieved. The mavs were coming off the disappointment of 06, rattled off a great year with dirk winning the MVP, and then got killed by davis’ warriors. Meanwhile, the spurs overachievd all year, had no injuries until the last few weeks, and basically fell down to where they ought to have been all regular season. duncan has deteriorated to role player, and they’re just not as athletic as they were. Also, given the fact that the Mavs won the chip, instead of bowing out the next round, the only basis of comparision is having the best record, which is illusory as mentioned.

  • James AKA…

    Silly me, I thought dallas beat the spurs for some reason, so cross out that point.

  • BRAVO

    NOOOOOOOO! Toronto dont trade for tony parker UNLESS he gets Eva Longoria back!!! lmao

  • JL

    quality PG like raymond felton? wow. the dude had one career year and he’s a quality PG. I mean he’s decent, but not what i would call a quality PG.

  • RyanT1992

    Parker to MIA….make it happen Riley

  • JD

    george hill isnt worth just a back end lottery pick,and tp isnt worth just a outside of top 3 lottery pick either, especially in such a weak draft they better get something in return

  • Jose

    Make it Happen Walsh’s Replacement!

  • BostonBaller

    My French is rusty but….La fenêtre de l’équipe pour gagner un championnat avait été fermé fermé. He probably said it out of frustration after being bounced out of the playoffs.

  • HAMMER

    Co-sign mdshuai33 2 the fullest. N my opinion it was a bigger deal bcuz the Spurs won all those chips. A team full of vets gettin ousted by the young ‘uns, who had never gotten out of the 1st round. And the way they got eliminated. It was embarrassing. Give credit tho 2 the Grizz.

  • buschfire

    uhm I don’t really want Tony Parker in Toronto… the team is young and I’d like to keep it that way, plus I would like to keep the #5 draft pick…

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

    Spurs are just doing their due diligence. Parker has expressed his view about the glass being half full in SA too many times for the Spurs not to shop him. It’s about being a good solider in Pop and RC’s system.

  • bike

    Tony’s stock went way down after Eva dumped him. Tony needs to hook up with nice young lass instead of spending so much time at Bunga Bunga party.

  • http://www.angryarab.com Tariq

    Parker to Miami?! I’d like to see how Riley can pull that off with no tradable assets and no cap space.

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