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Tony Parker didn’t get a no-trade clause in his new Spurs deal. Why not?

Aug 1, 2014, 10:00 PM EST

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The Spurs announced a three-year contract extension for Tony Parker on Friday, one that will pay him the maximum amount allowed under the collective bargaining agreement, and will come in at just under $44 million in total.

But it won’t come with it the added security of a no-trade clause.

NBA rules are extremely prohibitive where no-trade clauses are concerned, and players like Parker who sign extensions to stay with their current team are not rewarded for their loyalty with the ability to veto a trade out of town in the future.

From Marc Stein of ESPN.com:

For those asking why Tony Parker did NOT get a no-trade clause in his new deal, it’s because no-trade clauses can’t be added to extensions

This is Tony Parker’s third successive extension w/Spurs. Third successive time, in other words, San Antonio has kept him off open market

All six NBA players who have full no-trade clauses had to opt out and get to the open market to get them: Kobe, Duncan, Dirk, KG, Wade, Melo

Dwyane Wade and Carmelo Anthony joined the very select group of players with this particular power by opting out of the final years of their respective deals this summer, even though it was extremely unlikely that either of them would end up agreeing to a deal to play anywhere else.

The Spurs value continuity above all else, along with players who will sacrifice a bit to fit into the team’s championship-level culture. Parker has proven to be a perfect match, so he isn’t likely worried about being traded anytime soon. And, San Antonio hasn’t made a habit of dealing its best players while in the midst of its current run of making the playoffs in 17 straight seasons.

  1. garypagetwo - Aug 1, 2014 at 10:48 PM

    HEY!!!! HOW LONG WILL PAUL GEORGE BE OUT!!!!!!!!!! WAKE UP PBT

    • trevor123698 - Aug 2, 2014 at 12:08 AM

      do you seriously think they know. the mans career is just about over. you can forget about him averaging 20 pts a game or being an all star. hes finished you fool.

      • musician0785 - Aug 2, 2014 at 2:13 AM

        exaggerate much?

      • casualcommenter - Aug 2, 2014 at 10:48 AM

        I like it when random idiots on the internet who can’t punctuate sentences properly choose to pretend they’re doctors.

        The next article on this site reveals that due to George avoiding any nerve damage, real doctors expect him to make a full recovery. I trust their opinion over this guy’s.

      • trevor123698 - Aug 2, 2014 at 4:23 PM

        Do you seriously believe doctors know anything in the world about maintaining proper health. they deal drugs and use them to keep you as a cash cow. healing you is not what they are aiming to do. its not even possible to heal someone using allopathic medicine.

  2. muhangis - Aug 2, 2014 at 12:25 AM

    He probably doesn’t want one. He knows after a year or two Duncan and Ginobli will be done or retire . As ppl have been saying for the last 5 years & have been wrong .. however *eventually and *eminently it will come true.

    Duncan is already talking about this may be his last year. The Spurs don’t get near any high draft picks, and when is the last time a big FA signed in San Antonio? This team will be in a much lower state in a couple years, talent-wise.

    [No I’m not forgetting Kawhi & Popovich.. but is it truly enough?] Therefore, Parker may very well want to be traded.

    • Kevin S. - Aug 2, 2014 at 4:58 AM

      Even if this was true, having a NTC would allow Parker to control the process, much like KG did when he was traded to Brooklyn. The leverage of his NTC allowed him to not only approve his destination, but get the unguaranteed portion of his contract picked up and have Reggie Evans kept out of the deal (why he’d want to do this I don’t know, the point is he could).

    • casualcommenter - Aug 2, 2014 at 10:46 AM

      What’s more likely is that given his age and the fact that he’s had nagging injuries the past couple of years, Parker valued the security of a fully guaranteed 3 year extension over getting a no trade clause by playing out this deal and becoming a free agent.

  3. djwhite33 - Aug 2, 2014 at 11:09 AM

    I hope he never leaves the Spurs. I love US sports but one-club players are too rare.

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