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Spurs say they want to keep Parker. If they can is another question altogether.

May 11, 2010, 11:43 AM EDT

As was evident watching the Spurs got swept by the Suns, San Antonio needs to add some young legs and energy to the team, especially along the font line with Tim Duncan. A “stretch four” would be ideal, if you have one of those laying around they could have.

However, as we discussed yesterday, helping out the front line may mean trading Tony Parker. Spurs General Manager RC Buford doesn’t seem to like that idea, something that became clear in a conversation with the San Antonio News Express.

“I think that you would be crazy not to want a player like Tony in our program for a long time,” Buford said. “He’s been a big part of the success we’ve had. It would surprise me if Tony hadn’t played most of the year with some kind of health ailment that we’d even be having this conversation.”

The Spurs best option would be to convince Tiago Splitter — the best center in Europe — to come to San Antonio. San Antonio drafted the Brazilian in 2007 and have his rights, but have not as of yet been able to convince him to leave Spain. They could pay him the full mid-level exception, and he’d be worth it. Splitter has a varied offensive game that can stretch the defense or bang inside, he would fit perfectly alongside Tim Duncan. Splitter could step right in as a starter.

And the Spurs would get to keep Parker, who should bounce back with a better season if he is healthy. It’s all a perfect little dream, if the Spurs can convince Splitter to come.

If not, the Tony Parker option may still be on the table. The Spurs don’t have a lot of other options.

  1. Mailboogie - May 11, 2010 at 2:25 PM

    ” but have not as of yet been able to convince him to leave Spain. ”
    I wonder why they have not been able to convince him to come over and play. It is called money. For 10 years, Splitter has honed his game against lesser competition and gotten paid millions. The Spurs could only pay about 700,000. More than once, Splitter has said he wants to play in the NBA when the time was right. Well the time is right. Duncan getting older, McDyess older, and only two
    young big on Spurs roster and 5+million available to pay him. If he does not come this year, he will never play NBA ball.

  2. Mike D - May 11, 2010 at 5:10 PM

    Mailboogie is right — it’s time for Tiago to make a decision regarding the NBA. Is it about the easy Euro, or about the NBA opportunity? Only Tiago knows…

  3. Jay Arr - May 12, 2010 at 5:42 AM

    The Spurs have pride, legacy, desire, and experience-They lack youth and energy down the stretch, and another tall man under the basket. Do what you have to do, Spurs-this is a business and San Antonio deserves the beast

  4. SA Fan - May 12, 2010 at 11:13 AM

    Latest rumor has Duncan restructuring to have Lebron in San Antonio with Parker on the blocks. Get rid of Parker’s $13.5M and have Duncan come down to $10M frees up the $20M James will be offered in NY. I doubt it will ever happen and we will be back to looking overseas but the thought of James in SA makes me drool.

  5. SA Fan - May 12, 2010 at 11:15 AM

    Latest rumor has Duncan restructuring to have Lebron in San Antonio with Parker on the blocks. Get rid of Parker’s $13.5M and have Duncan come down to $10M frees up the $20M James will be offered in NY. I doubt it will ever happen and we will be back to looking overseas but the thought of James in SA makes me drool.

  6. Anonymous - May 12, 2010 at 4:25 PM

    Why would he go to San Antonio lol. Im sure the lakers would rather do a sign and trade. Lakers get Lebron, Cavs get Odom and Bynum. Its just not going to happen.

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