With the impending NBA lockout, San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker has said he would consider playing for France should a lockout occur.
However, in a recent interview with 20minutes.fr, Parker said there is a very slim chance he would play for France if there is indeed a lockout due to insurance issues involved:
There is 1% chance that I play Asvel next season because the cost of insurance would be huge for the club.
Parker also continued to repeat his desire to play for San Antonio despite his remarks he made about the Spurs' championship window the last time he spoke to the French media:
I never considered leaving. These are my journalist friends who have raised this possibility because they love to create rumors.
As for the the moves made by the Spurs and the departure of George Hill, Parker said he has confidence in the Spurs' brain-trust and considered Hill his little brother:
Pop and RC (Buford, the Spurs general manager) did a lot of changes but I have confidence in their ability to make good choices. It was still very difficult to separate from George Hill because everyone loved him in the team. Personally, I considered him my little brother. But the NBA is a business.
I am glad to see Parker didn't say anything inflammatory this time to the French media. As for his feelings on Hill, many Spurs fans share in Parker's feelings. Many were stunned and perhaps still stunned by the loss of Hill. He was a fan favorite but I'm sure Spurs fans will wish him luck in Indiana.
Regardless, the additions of Kawhi Leonard, Cory Joseph, and others should keep the Spurs competitive and thier hopes for title number five still alive.
Aaron Gray opts out his contract and could sign for little price. (He made $1.1 million last season from the Hornets) He ain't a superstar but he is willing to do all the dirt work around the basket, he is a strong 7 footer. In the Playoff facing the Lakers he did decent job at least defending. If he can be signed like 1.5m/yr and play 15 minutes a game I think he will be very servicable. Speaking for Nene, there's no way he will take deal less than 9m/yr, probably 4-5 year in total, which the Spurs cannot offer now; plus Nene is never a good defender, he has the body to be a effective defender and he blocks some shot occasionally but in Denver K.Mart is a way better defender than him.
off topic but any more rumors or rumblings of a possible tim duncan opt out/re-sign? i hear nene is most likely opting out and the spurs COULD use the duncan savings to sign him.
@JohnAbney Nene is ok but, the spurs must have a viable alternative strategy to bolster interior defense, improve and age problems. At their minicamp this week invite primartily power forwards. age 26 or younger, height 6'10" or taller and centers age 28 or younger, height 6'11" or taller if they want to be relevant next year.
@JohnAbney got a source?
@JeffProjectSpurs i read on dimemag.com something about the possible opt out, and this from espn.
UPDATE No. 2: Nene has decided to not play for Brazil during the FIBA Americas Championship this summer.
Nene has until Thursday to opt out of his contract and this move by him and his agent might be a signal that he will be a free agent.
Nene will be one of the top free agents on the market and by not playing for Brazil he will ensure that he stays healthy."
on a different note, i forgot until now that carl landry is a free agent, i would LOVE to bring landry over, and i cant believe the rockets traded him as part of the kevin martin trade.