According to ESPN's Marc Stein, the San Antonio Spurs were interested in Maccabi Tel-Aviv's point guard Jeremy Pargo. Pargo is the younger brother of NBA player Jannero Pargo.
Stein wrote Pargo has decided to opt of his contract with Maccabi T.A. and is convinced he will wait out the NBA lockout to sign with an NBA team. The last team to talk with Pargo was the San Antonio Spurs.
Sources in Israel say that the San Antonio Spurs, before the lockout began July 1, expressed the strongest interest in signing the 25-year-old. But sources closer to home indicate that the Spurs are not alone in their curiosity and that Pargo has piqued the interest of several NBA teams.
Pargo was an undrafted point guard out of Gonzaga in 2009 and tried out for several NBA teams but never made a roster spot so he went to Israel to play with Maccabi T.A. in the Euroleague.
Pargo is a 6'2, 220 lbs point guard who averaged 13 points, four assists, and one steal in 22 games for Maccabi T.A. last season.
The Spurs are a team who may have a backup point guard spot open as they recently drafted young point guard Cory Joseph out of Texas. Joseph has shown signs of offensive struggles as he has only combined for six points and five turnovers for the Canadian National team in exhibition play. The option of putting Gary Neal at backup point guard is also an uncertainty so the prospect of Pargo coming on the squad may fit.
The situation of j. pargo is very different from other nba players opting to play outside the u.s.a. The usual scenario is for an escape clause to return to the nba. the commenter ohad is saying that pargo's contract provides for extension if no nba contract is signed. Seems to be a clause to assure pargo's playing in israel. If this is true, it indicates an issue of character on the part of pargo. Anyway, his height is not uncommon in the nba. So, instead of getting involve in this case, the spurs can do well in considering n. decolo of france who is 6'5" pg. He was drafted earlier by the team and very familiar how TP plays. Again, there is r. sessions to consider and a known commodity.
Hi Americans pals,
Yes Jeremy was fantastic last year, he showed great character, became a leader, managed to improve his decisions as a point guard, became a team player with good passing.
However, what he does not understand is for that he is still immatured, that contract you must respect.
Jeremy has still a contract with Maccbi, and he is a main player, in case he does not stand in his contract, it will cause serious problem to Maccabi finding a substitute, and now in last minute it's much more problematic.
This kind of behavior is very big stain in his creer, Jeremy should have stayed in Maccabi, respect its system, managment and coach, and next year continue to the NBA.
The way of breaking the contract is not the way for a famous player who wants to become NBA player.
San Antonio and every other NBA team, must respect also the fact that Jeremy is under contract, and should not try to sigh him, without at least contacting Maccabi.
@ohad do you know if he has a buyout?
The contract is for 2 years with option to leave to the NBA in case (just in case) he presents signed contract till 1.8.2011 which was not done.
Moreover, the Israeli club is very honoured, and let Beno Udrich, Sharonas Yasikivicius, Antony Parker, Will Bynom, Nate Haffman, Maceo Baston, and many others to contiune their successful career in the NBA, and would have probably sat and try to find a decent solution with Jeremy and his representators.
Since it was not done, no contract has been shown, and no NBA team could have contact Maccabi due to the strike, the decision made by Jeremy not to come back to his team, and refuse to stand in the contract, is something you should not do, especially when your career is in the most high level.
Maccabi is a great platform for BB players and a great spot to next stage in the NBA, Jeremy enjoyed that, and now refuses to respect the contract that was signed in May, for 1.8M$ for 2 years.
Jeremy could have not signed, but chose to sign and be safe with good contract, and now try to not to stand in his contract and leave Maccabi with a big hole last minute.
this is true, until 1.8.2011, that's why there is a date in a contract because there are 2 sides that rely on each other, and build something and invest money.
In contract there is always date, and unedrstandings, what Jeremy did is disrespectful, hurming and breaking the contract. period. no excuses.
Maccabi build its roster for next year, do you imagine that in last minute Mano Jinobily or Tony Parker will come to managment and ask to release from his contract just like that?
What will the spurs do? start looking in last second for another player? why should they bear the situation?
It's OK that a player is ambitious to succeed, but contracts are for making this business working, and must be respect, what he could do is sit with Maccabi and try to find a solution, deciding not to come back is his worst decision.
You saying he was emotional signing a contract with Maccabi for 2M$? I think it is the opposite, he was determined to set himself insurance in case no contract from NBA will arrive.
He simply try to get the best of everything without paying any price, this is being errogant, and this is his stain on his career which he'll need to deal with from now on. Before you are a BB player you are a person, and known one, and you don't want to be remembered as a cheater.
What farmer has, is another type of risk, Maccabi knows that he's under contract and sign him as a backup player only to main team, till lockout will be ended.
You can not compare a player with contract in NBA to a player with contract with Maccabi.
Of course he can be looked at, and also get a contract when the lockout is ended for next year.
This year he is not welcome in our arena anymore, the fans will not accept him on court, end of story, I think he digged himself deep hole as Maccabi will sue him in Fiba court for breaking contract.
He is simply smarter than Will Bynum, apparently what cause him to be to confident to make this 5th foul. You can forgive him and let him make the 6th in the NBA it's allowed, but a cheater will remain a cheater.
I feel sorry for you kid Jeremy.
As for as I understand, Pargo had until 1st of August to present Maccabi Management with an official contract offer for the upcoming season in the NBA.
There is no way he can present such an offer as the lockout forbids any type of player-franchise contract talk. Coach Pop might have called Pargo and said that he wants him on the team, but he cant make a valid offer, hence there is no way he can opt out of his contract.
Its more than obvious that Pargo went all emotional with this decision. 2 months ago, before he signed his contract, the card were lay on the table. He knew what a lockout means and he wanted to secure himself a contract. But then players started getting those immediate NBA-Out[For example, Jordan Farmar signed with Tel Aviv also] and Pargo decided that he wants one too.
In conclusion, legally i see no way that Pargo will be able to opt out[maybe if he'll buyout?] But that doesnt mean he souldnt be looked at. By the way, he is a Will Bynum type player but he is MUCH more talented.
Jeremy suits the NBA style more than he suits the european.
In Maccabi the coach needed to control his temperament, and ask him to be responsible and control the game pace.
But Pargo energies are very high, he has a lot of talent, was terrific in penetrations, and ended in the ring with amazing dunks many time.
He is pure material for sub in junior season, and can lead NBA team in the future as point gaurd.
More than that, Jeremy is very athletic with strong upper body, and can keep good level of game for 30 min.
Yet, the personality side, the erogancy to decide not to respect his club and his contract, is something very problematic.
I specificaly hope, that now while issue is dealt in court, the verdict will be many dollars to cover another player.
The situation is now really not pleasant, it a shame all his behavior, he would not be able to play in Maccabi in my opinion since the fans would not accept him back for his deeds.
Jeff- why would you label Joseph as having offensive issues when he has played 2 games in 3 months and has taken 8 shots(?) G Neal in a pickup game scored 9 does that make him offensively challenged. Joseph may have issues but shooting has'nt ever been one of them. Young guys take time to build confidence, most of them. The few that don't usually have a big let down the second year. Glad to hear Pargo is a player. How quick is he ?
@jojo707 Hey dude. Paul wrote this piece not me. Pargo could be one of those diamond in the rough kind of players. I say bring him in for training camp if there is a next season
@JeffProjectSpurs @jojo707 yes, I wrote this piece. I was just writing my critique over Joseph's last two games that I watched over the weekend. His jumper most likely will improve and his play will indeed begin to pick up. As he said, he hasn't played competitive ball since his last collegiate game with UT back in March.
Should he continue to struggle then the prospect of signing Pargo becomes more imminent. I will continue to monitor and analyze Joseph's progress as he continues to play down south in the tourney.
The Spurs should pursue and sign Pargo. He has improved DRAMATICALLY over the last 2 years.
I've seen him play, he is a terrific athlete, fantastic penetrator, a solid defender and last year he acquired a decent long range shooting and facilitating. Maccabi played last year in the Euroleague Final. He finished the game with 9 assists.
Overall, He is as NBA Ready as any player could be.