According to the French site Catch-and-shoot.com, San Antonio Spurs' Tony Parker is willing to pay for his own insurance to play with his French basketball club ASVEL.
"My desire to play ASVEL is real. Now I must see with insurance. I had good meetings lately, it's positive. In a few days I will meet everyone and do with my lawyers if possible. I hope we can negotiate a good price. It would be an ill timing to be right after the nearly five major Euro in France (Parker, Batum, Diaw .. .)! Of course I want. If I come play in France, it will be for the minimum wage and it is I who paieraimapropre insurance. I'm not going to charge My Club and, anyway, do ASVEL could not! "
With the NBA announcing cancellations for the early part of the preseason, Parker's only option of playing competitive basketball may be to play with ASVEL for a minimum salary.
In other Spurs news, Italian owner Claudio Sabatini is still trying to find (Sportando.net) a way to get Manu Ginobili and Kobe Bryant together on his ball club, Virtus Bologna.
Sabatini has had a meeting with Bryant's agent, but he says both sides are still very far away from getting a deal done. He's also put a call in with Ginobili's agent, though he hasn't heard back from him.
"About Ginobili we are waiting for an answer by Luciano Capicchioni, player's agent"-Sabatini