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Report: Tony Parker to the Trail Blazers was discussed

Jun 23, 2011, 2:14 AM EDT

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While the Spurs deny it, comments from other teams make it look like Tony Parker is being shopped around like he is on QVC.

How serious those talks are is the question.

In the case of a Hoopsworld report, things got very close with the Portland Trail Blazers.

The San Antonio Spurs and Portland Trail Blazers nearly completed a blockbuster trade on Wednesday afternoon, but the deal fell apart in the late stages. San Antonio was prepared to ship Tony Parker and the #29 pick to Portland in exchange for Andre Miller, Nicolas Batum and the #21 pick, but the trade died when the Spurs insisted that Richard Jefferson somehow be included in the deal. Other players would have been included in the trade to make salaries work. Talks have quieted for now, but they could pick back up tomorrow if one of the teams has a change of heart.

While Hoopsworld says these talks are serious, other reports have the Spurs much more in the “gauging interest” phase.

Richard Jefferson is a key to a lot of the Parker trade discussions. Clearly the Spurs want to be rid of his contract ($30 million for three more seasons), but a lot of teams are balking at taking on that kind of contract heading into an unknown new Collective Bargaining Agreement. The Spurs are seeing if anyone wants Parker badly enough to take Jefferson, too.

Parker and Jefferson are still rumored to be part of a deal for the No. 7 pick with Sacramento. Before that there was a Toronto rumor. In the hours running up to the draft expect more rumors. The Spurs can afford to shop Parker around because they have George Hill, who can very capably take over duties at the point for the Spurs. Of course, there are rumors the Spurs are shopping Hill, too…

  1. goforthanddie - Jun 23, 2011 at 2:48 AM

    Keep Jefferson out of it, it’s a good deal both ways. Otherwise, there’s no way it’s worth Portland’s time.

  2. 00maltliquor - Jun 23, 2011 at 3:21 AM

    The Spurs only did it to themselves re-signing Jefferson to that horendous contract last offseason! Especially when he gave them a “get outta jail free” card by not picking up his player option. They knew what he was about after that misarable ’09-’10 campaign and now they wanna bother someone else with their troubles? Live with it, fellas…plus, in what way does that make the Spurs better??
    Getting older at PG while moving up 8 spots in the latter part of THIS years 1st rd.?

    • louderthanwords1 - Jun 23, 2011 at 11:03 AM

      In what way does it make them better? How about because they would be acquiring Nicolas Batum?! Yes, they would get older at point with Miller but Hill would pick up more minutes at the point with Miller being a steady veteran presence at the point.

  3. 00maltliquor - Jun 23, 2011 at 3:25 AM

    If I was the Blazers GM this would work for me so as long as they left out Jefferson. There’s no way he’s “movin’ on up”!

  4. ndirishfan1 - Jun 23, 2011 at 2:57 PM

    The Spurs generally make very good decisions, resigning Jefferson with the looming changes to the collective bargaining agreement definitely wasn’t one of them.

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