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Tony Parker wants to play 5-6 more seasons in NBA then finish in France

Mar 21, 2014, 3:45 PM EDT

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A lot of top NBA players want to follow in Michael Jordan’s footsteps — they want to own a professional basketball team someday.

Tony Parker already does.

Parker purchased the majority of shares for ASVEL, a French team where he was already a minority shareholder, and he will take over as team president reports French 24, via Sportando (who did the translation below).

Parker then laid out his plan for the future, which includes playing for the team he owns (something you’re not allowed to do in the NBA).

“I am going to play in the NBA for 5-6 more years and I will play my last season with ASVEL. My dream is to play the season with ASVEL in the new arena” said Parker.

Getting a new arena for his French is a priority for Parker, based on the translation of the story I read. The goal is to have the team become a power that regularly plays as part of the EuroLeague (the top teams from each country compete against each other, similar to soccer’s Champions League).

In the interim, it will be interesting to see where Parker plays out his career in the NBA. He is under contract for one more season after this one with the Spurs, at which time he says he wants to stay on but if they blow it up and rebuild he would have a lot of suitors in the summer of 2015. A lot of suitors.

  1. mackcarrington - Mar 21, 2014 at 4:26 PM

    I really, really hate to say it but….Lakers in 2015?

    • jcmeyer10 - Mar 21, 2014 at 4:44 PM

      Better chance he finishes his career in China.

    • therealhtj - Mar 21, 2014 at 5:18 PM

      Because picking up free agent point guards who’ve played out their primes in rival markets worked so well in the past?

    • mackcarrington - Mar 21, 2014 at 5:52 PM

      So if you got in a bad car accident once, you would never get in a car again?

      • therealhtj - Mar 21, 2014 at 5:57 PM

        Probably not a used one with worn out tires.

      • casualcommenter - Mar 21, 2014 at 9:25 PM

        The only way Parker would leave the Spurs is if the Lakers offer him more money than the Spurs, and if Parker decides he wants to maximize his final contract.

        So if you think giving huge money to a point guard who will be 33 years old during free agency in 2015, to pair him in the back court with a 36 year old Kobe Bryant also getting paid huge money, more power to you.

        Just don’t be surprised that back court gets shredded defensively by much younger players.

      • casualcommenter - Mar 21, 2014 at 9:26 PM

        Typo – If you think “it’s smart” to give huge money

      • therealhtj - Mar 21, 2014 at 10:53 PM

        If giving big money to guys past their primes is the criteria, then maybe he will end up a Laker.

  2. borisalessandri - Mar 22, 2014 at 12:46 AM

    That’s going to be the Spurs Euro D-League team. The team will be able to stash to developing NBA players there

    • borisalessandri - Mar 22, 2014 at 8:19 AM


      • jimeejohnson - Mar 22, 2014 at 12:26 PM

        Too, to, two: no worries!

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