Spurs Trying To Trade Tony Parker
The San Antonio Spurs have talked to a number of lottery teams about trading their All-Star point guard Tony Parker in exchange for a high first-round draft pick. Earlier this Summer, Parker noted to French reporters that he thought the Spurs window of winning another NBA championship had closed. Here is more from Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! sports, followed by more blogging from Scott.
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.
Well this could be interesting. It appears Parker has worn out his welcome in San Antonio. Tony is better than any potential draft prospect that would be on the board at 5 or later, so it doesn’t make sense in terms of acquiring better talent. Perhaps Tony’s candidness before and after the season about the Spurs diminishing title hopes, coupled with the 4 year, $50 million contract extension that begins this upcoming season, has forced San Antonio to explore other options.
George Hill, Parker’s backup in San Antonio is a capable starter, and a superior defender. He’s not as good as Parker, but comes at a much cheaper price. Reportedly, teams at the back end of the lottery have called the Spurs about possibly acquiring Hill.
My gut tells me San Antonio will trade Parker before Hill, though I don’t think they could get equal value for either player in this year’s NBA draft.