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Tony Parker says he may play in France if lockout drags on

Jul 11, 2011, 10:29 AM EST

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Tony Parker has laid out the more likely path for name NBA players to head to Europe.

Speaking with BasketUSA (via Hoopshype), he said that if there are no games come the new year and the NBA is talking about cancelling a season, then he would return to France and play. Parker played four seasons in the French league before coming to the NBA, and he is part owner of a team there.

While there is a lot of talk of players going to Europe, for name players this is the likely course — if the NBA season is cancelled they will see if there is a team that will take them on. (Deron Williams is the exception to prove the rule.) These teams will tend not to be the big clubs in Europe — teams that already have good rosters filled with well paid players, teams that will demand a full season commitment — but rather second and third tier teams who can spend a little to rent a star.

Parker also said he and Joakim Noah will play for France this summer at EuroBasket, where Olympic qualifying for the 2012 games in London takes place. While there are questions about insurance for NBA players (who are currently without) Parker said that issue is not as serious as it has been made out to be.

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