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Would the Spurs break up the big three and trade Tony Parker?

Apr 22, 2010, 12:03 PM EDT

NBA_Parker.jpgNext season, Tony Parker could be used as a $13.5 million expiring contract.

Or, you could use him as one of the best, most experienced scoring point guards in the game.

Logic might suggest the latter, Parker is part of The Big Three in San Antonio. A good team that looks very spry as of today. But people are asking the question, like Buck Harvey of the San Antonio News Express (via Ben Maller).

So here’s the decision the Spurs will face this summer: Moving Parker might make sense, because George Hill is cheaper and younger.

But can the Spurs find equal value? The Spurs could use a shotblocker, or a more versatile big man, but would he mean more than what Parker has been and is?

If you are trading Tony Parker, you are saying the window is closed. No more titles in this era. Done, time to rebuild. (Unless Isiah Thomas is given another franchise to run, in which case maybe there is a steal to be had, but that’s not very likely.)

It’s a small sample size, but based on last night they shouldn’t throw in the towel just yet. This is a team that still won 50 games despite a host of injuries and trying to work in a new key player into the rotation. This is a team that may find it hard to compete with the Lakers or Mavericks, and they are not up-and-comers like Oklahoma City or Portland. But they are not that far away from one more run at the top. It could happen.

It’s a little early to break up the Big Three and start planning for a new era. Not just yet.

  1. TokyoEric - Apr 22, 2010 at 2:29 PM

    The Spurs would lose a huge fan base if they made a foolish decision like trading Parker for ANYONE – no matter how the Spurs do post-season. Go Spurs!

  2. Ralphy B - Apr 22, 2010 at 4:01 PM

    Would it be a bad deal if Parker re-signed for a near max deal and Bosh did the same and they traded cities? I know Toronto isn’t Quebec but Tony’s French heritage would probably be a better fit in Canada. Of course his better half would never come to see him but the two teams would both be winners.

  3. Randall - Apr 22, 2010 at 4:04 PM

    They need to admit the end is coming, if not here already. They just re-signed Manu, and they’d pay Duncan til he was 50 (and he’d probably still be worth every cent). That leaves Parker, and 13.5mil can buy some damn fine rebuilding-on-the-fly.

  4. glenn - Apr 23, 2010 at 1:20 AM

    The Spurs are NOT going to move. They are very popular in San Antonio and have VERY STRONG SUPPORT.

  5. Hector - Apr 23, 2010 at 3:33 PM

    A hardbreaking reminder that it is a busines and harsh as it may seem San Antonio has to consider every possibility, even breaking up the TRES AMIGOS….

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