San Antonio Spurs' Tony Parker is expected to hold a press conference this Thursday to announce he will play with French team ASVEL Villeurbanne but today he spoke to French site www.rmcsport.fr and confirmed reports he will be playing in France for the duration of the NBA lockout.
Parker revealed he made his decision this past Monday and is ecstatic to return to France and ASVEL. He also stated the main reason to play with ASVEL was the enthusiasm of capturing silver at Eurobasket 2011 and a bit of pressure from his friends and family.
My family, my friends just kept telling me: "Go, return to us because we can see you play! And that's when I thought that there may never be an opportunity for me to come play in France.
As for the particulars of his deal with ASVEL, Parker wil play for the minimum (1,500 Euros a month) and will pay his own insurance as he has stated before.
Interestingly, Parker stated he would have stay in San Antonio if he could not get a deal done with ASVEL and said he had offers from China and Barcelona but couldn't pass up on playing for his home country.
Good thing Parker passed on China's offers. Any NBA players who do sign in China will not be given an opt-out clause.
As for his stay San Antonio, Parker spoke on his workout session with his teammates and thinks the Spurs rookies, Cory Joseph and Kawhi Leonard are not to shabby.