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Thursday, October 6th, 2011 at 9:15 am  |  7 responses

Tony Parker Will Play in France ‘Nearly for Free’


As an NBA millionaire, and co-team owner of the squad he just signed with as player, Tony Parker’s tiny monthly salary in France probably won’t hurt him too much. From the Express-News (via L’Equipe): “Should the NBA’s ongoing labor standoff postpone the start of the regular season, Parker has signed to play with ASVEL Villeurbanne, the French League team of which he is part owner. Parker announced the decision, which had been telegraphed for weeks, Wednesday morning on his Twitter account. In Parker the player, Parker the general manager got quite a steal. The three-time All-Star, slated to earn $12.5 million in the NBA this season, will play for $1,995 per month in France. ‘I’ll be playing nearly for free,’ Parker told the French daily L’Equipe. ‘If I play the entire season, we’ll go for the title.’ Whether the 29-year-old Parker actually appears in an ASVEL uniform at all largely will be determined at the collective bargaining table, where NBA owners and its players union face a Monday deadline to settle their dispute before regular-season games must be canceled or delayed. If a new CBA is reached in time to save the start of the season, Parker will be obligated to remain in San Antonio for Spurs training camp.”

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  • http://www.slamonline.com UNFROZEN CAVEMAN LAWYER

    SOME VACATION TIME IN FRANCE. TONS OF WOMEN. CLOWNING ON UNWORTHY OPPONENTS. WHATS NOT TO LIKE?

  • Jim

    Why with the permanent caps lock… I like playing for free is the average French salary…

  • treetrunks

    yea, man..kinda f*cked up that some people don’t even earn that kind of money while working a “real” job

  • bull22

    please give the playing for free a rest… anytime you get paid to play any game and not have a real job, its a great priviledge. while sports is a real business, but in the end these guys are living a dream they should appreciate. now i understand why many of them will be broke when their careers are over, because they can’t let go of that fantasy. the cinderella concept, the clock will strike midnight and poof its over!

  • robb

    He’s the co-owner duh!

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    ^u know. he’s basically paying his own salary

  • mick

    Owners of teams make profit… and pay themselves a salary Double duh. So obviously he’ll massively increase ticket sales by playing so his share price will go up… duh.

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