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Report: Spurs willing to trade Parker to get into the lottery

Jun 21, 2011, 9:47 PM EDT

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Here’s an absolute shocker of a report from Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski:

NEW YORK – The San Antonio Spurs are engaged in discussions about trading point guard Tony Parker to secure a high pick in Thursday’s draft, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

The Spurs have talked to teams in the lottery, including the Toronto Raptorsand 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.

This is shocking, to say the least. The 29-year old Parker averaged 17.5 points and 6.6 assists last season, and shot 52% from the field while doing so. If Kyrie Irving, the projected #1 overall pick in the draft, can produce like Tony Parker has, I’m sure a lot of teams would be happy with that. And even though the Spurs did lose in the first round, they did win 61 games last season, and Parker led the team in minutes played.

Still, Parker is nearing 30, he does heavily rely on his speed, and the Spurs appear to be looking to get younger. And as Wojnarowski mentioned in his article, Parker didn’t play well against Memphis, and said that he didn’t think the Spurs would be title contenders for much longer after the playoffs were over. Still, this would be a very, very, very aggressive and high-risk move from the Spurs, especially with this year’s draft class considered to be one of the weakest in recent memory.

The Spurs built a modern dynasty by making unconventional moves (and drafting Tim Duncan #1 overall), but this would be one of the boldest trades in the history of the franchise if it did go down. For a draft nobody seems to be all that excited about, there sure has been a lot of excitement surrounding it.

  1. trbowman - Jun 21, 2011 at 9:49 PM

    Least favorite player in the league.

    Cheats on Eva Longoria & has an affair with a former TEAMMATES wife. Then he goes and says he thinks the Spurs are done as contenders. He’s an idiot.

    • drmonkeyarmy - Jun 21, 2011 at 9:56 PM

      I don’t like him either, but this is still shocking. I mean, who do the Spurs think they could get at 5 or 7 that could conceivably replace Parker? Oh, and the Spurs franchise was made because David Robinson got hurt (I think Sean Elliott was also out that season) and they tanked the season.

      • royalsfaninfargo - Jun 21, 2011 at 10:37 PM

        Agreed Doc, their first title also came in a strike shortened season.

      • passerby23 - Jun 21, 2011 at 11:06 PM

        I think there’s got to be more to this story. If they are throwing in 2 first round picks and a future first round pick, it sweetens the deal a bit – especially if the Spurs management thinks they are done as contenders. Just trading up for a 5 or 7 sounds silly to me.

    • 00maltliquor - Jun 22, 2011 at 12:52 AM

      Who’s former teammates wife did he bang??! I never heard this? If that’s true then the trade should go down. If not then this move seams desperate and unecissary, and that’s not like the Spurs. It would be a bad move, bad look. Especially with who’s out there.

      • ahemahem - Jun 22, 2011 at 1:55 AM

        They had a text relationship. Bad, but not what the above post blows it up to be.

  2. svallen - Jun 21, 2011 at 9:56 PM

    Why not trade him?! He is a free agent this off season ( and why not get some youth into the line up while the Spurs can. They are obviously aging, and the league itself is getting younger. Look at the Thunder, Bulls, Memphis, Heat, and New York. Either keep contending with the younger crowd, or fall behind.

    • drmonkeyarmy - Jun 21, 2011 at 9:58 PM

      Not sure I would call the Knicks a young team….or the Heat for that matter. Point taken on the rest of the teams you mentioned though. Just not sure they can get a decent value for him.

      • edweird0 - Jun 21, 2011 at 10:50 PM

        Young in the sense that the knicks and the heat will be contenders for at least 5 years, you cannot say the same for san antonio.

    • 00maltliquor - Jun 22, 2011 at 12:58 AM

      Oh yeah, really? Why is it that all the teams with a hefty amount of vets win the ‘chip? When was the last time you saw a championship team consist of a team age average of 26 below? Hmmmmmm….

      • ndirishfan1 - Jun 22, 2011 at 1:29 PM

        Great point 00maltiliquor! Unless the Spurs think George Hill is THE answer at point guard, this move doesn’t make much sense. Popovich has a proven track record of sound decision making regarding the roster, but I can’t wrap my head around this one.

  3. captainwisdom8888 - Jun 21, 2011 at 11:09 PM

    Tony Parker is certainly on the downhill side of his career…though I feel a SIGNIFICANT factor in the spurs willingness to par ways is Gary Neal. GARY IS THE TRUTH.

  4. jrhardwood - Jun 22, 2011 at 1:12 AM

    Brent barry old lady. Parker went smash mode on that!!

  5. florida727 - Jun 22, 2011 at 7:44 AM

    Two opinions…

    1) When your game is predicated on speed and you’re approaching 30, you’re rolling downhill; the question is, how long before it’s so noticeable that your productivity falls way off? Better to get something for him now, even if he has a couple more “good” years left, than end up with an aging player with a big contract that you can’t unload until he’s a “bargain” for a team with a one year need.

    2) Point guard is the most overrated position in the NBA. Maybe not in all of basketball, but certainly true in the NBA. Who led Dallas to the title this year? A 7′ big (Dirk) and a shooting guard (Jason Terry). When the Bulls won six titles, who led them? A shooting guard (Jordan) and a ‘3’ (Pippen). When the Lakers won, who led them? Their shooting guard (Kobe) and their big (Gasol). Point guards don’t win titles. They may contribute, but they don’t win titles.

  6. gs7101 - Jun 22, 2011 at 9:28 AM

    It was Brent Barry’s wife who Parker was exchanging numerous texts with. There must not be any off limits when it comes to some players and their teammate’s family. Delonte West’s alledged affair with LeBron James’ mom was way over the top.

    The Spurs won’t trade Parker, unless they get an offer they cannot refuse.

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