The whirlwind of trade rumors involving San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker continue this time involving the Utah Jazz.
According to SI.com, the Jazz reportedly offered Devin Harris and their No. 12 pick for Parker but once again the deal died due to the Spurs wanting to add Richard Jefferson in the deal.
With another report mentioning Jefferson in the mix, you got to start wondering if this is more about getting rid of Jefferson's hefty contract.
In a weak draft, Parker is worth more than just a pick and some toss-in player not at his caliber - see the reported Portland Trail Blazer deal involving Andre Miller. Also, if any of these reports are true and the Spurs do want to ship Parker off to move up in the draft, Jefferson and his contract is not an appealing piece to take if you are another NBA team looking to deal with San Antonio. His enormous contract, and lackluster play the past two season just make him one unattractive trade chip.
What are your thought Spurs fans on this latest reported deal that fell through?
The whirlwind of trade rumors involving San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker continue this time involving the Utah Jazz.
San Antonio Spurs all-star guard has been rumored to be traded to the Sacramento Kings, Portland Trail Blazers and the Toronto Raptors in the span of two days. And for Raptors' guard Leandro Barbosa, playing with Parker in Toronto would be great:
Barbosa, who believes the Raptors talked with the Spurs, didn’t end up meeting Parker, but planned to have dinner with him on Wednesday.
“I told him [via text message], ‘Are you going to play with me?’ ” Barbosa said. “He said, ‘Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha.’
“I would love to play with him. You never know what can happen in the NBA. I guess we got to wait and see what’s up.”
Tonight is the 2011 NBA Draft and Spurs fans will be keeping an eye out for any trade involving Parker. Most trade rumors surrounding Parker involve the Spurs moving up in the draft. However, Spurs GM R.C. Buford voiced the Spurs are not shopping anyone.
Let's hope Parker will still be wearing black and silver and not white and red after tonight.
Former San Antonio Spurs center Fabricio Oberto has been medically cleared to play in the 2011 World Championships that will be held from late August to early September. The news of Oberto's clearance comes from the South American site Clarin.com.
The entire article was written in Spanish so I used a translator tool to transcribe the text into English.
The pivot 36 Cordoba announced that the heart condition that forced him to retire last November was overcome. And was made available to the technician Julio Lamas, who is considered for the Olympic qualifiers Mar del Plata.
The pivot Cordoba said in a statement that his main goal will be to prepare for the Olympic qualifiers to be played in Mar del Plata between August 30 and September 11 and classifies two selections for 2012.
For both selection Julio Lamas, still not sure if it will have its NBA players, to Oberto, this is great news.
Oberto retired after only playing five games with the Portland Trail Blazers this previous season due to a major heart condition. Spurs fans remember Oberto well for his seasons with the team from 2005 to 2009. Oberto won an NBA Championship with the Spurs in 2007 and an Olympic Gold Medal in 2004 for Argentina.
Alongside Oberto for both of those victories was Spurs guard Manu Ginobili. As Argentinean coach Julio Lamas reiterated, he isn't sure which NBA players, Ginobili and Luis Scola especially, will be able to play in the World Championships due to the on going issue with the International Insurance policy for foreign players.
By now you've heard all the rumors of the San Antonio Spurs looking to trade Tony Parker to get into the lottery. The latest even involves George Hill being offered for a late lottery pick.
But outside the top four, I question whether or not it's worth trading an all-star point guard or what could the Spurs' future franchise player?
Enes Kanter is definitely a name that would draw some interest. Only problem: He will likely be gone anywhere between the second and fourth picks, which would make him unavailable if the Spurs traded up to take the Kings or Raptors pick.
According to several sources, Jonas Valanciunas seems to be the player the Spurs are targeting in their attempt to move up.
While Valanciunas is an intriguing prospect, that's all he is right now. He's 18-years-old, will stay overseas and needs more seasoning before anyone knows what he will be capable of doing in the NBA.
He has great size at 7-1 with a long 7-4 wingspan. He's a high energy player with a good basketball IQ, but does all of that translate from Lietuvos Rytas to the NBA in a few years. Will he add on some bulk and get stronger to deal with the better centers of the league or will he be bullied and pushed around inside?
We reported yesterday that the Sacramento Kings had been mentioned as a possible trade partner for the Spurs in their hopes of moving up into the lottery by trading San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker.
It appears that while they could still pull off a trade into the lottery, the Spurs will not be picking up the seventh pick in tonight's NBA draft, according to ESPN's Chris Broussard.
Broussard tweeted that the Kings will not trade their selection for Tony Parker because of his four year, $50 million contract.
Broussard also said that the Kings could be looking to trade for Nuggets guard Raymond Felton, who currently earns about $7.5 million per season, to fill their void at point guard.
Kings forward Omri Casspi had been mentioned as a player who would come to San Antonio as part of the trade, but for now, it looks like Casspi and the number seven pick will stay in California's capitol city.
Even without the seventh pick, the Spurs are also reportedly in talks with Milwaukee, Golden State or Utah for the 10th, 11th or 12th pick. The Pistons and Bobcats have also been mentioned in a trade involving George Hill, so if the Spurs are determined enough, there are still options outside of the seventh pick.
Be sure to come back for draft coverage throughout the day, including a post on why the Spurs should consider a lower risk trade outside of the lottery.
According to HoopsWorld, the San Antonio Spurs had a deal with the Portland Trail Blazers for Tony Parker but the deal died when the Spurs wanted Richard Jefferson involved in the deal:
The San Antonio Spurs and Portland Trail Blazers nearly completed a blockbuster trade on Wednesday afternoon, but the deal fell apart in the late stages. San Antonio was prepared to ship Tony Parker and the #29 pick to Portland in exchange for Andre Miller, Nicolas Batum and the #21 pick. Other players would have been included in the trade to make salaries work. However, the deal died when the Spurs insisted that Richard Jefferson somehow be included. Since San Antonio's attempt to add Jefferson, talks have quieted, but they could pick up tomorrow if one of these teams has a change of heart.
Seems the Spurs are pushing more for Jefferson and his bloated contract in any Parker deal. But as said before, Jefferson's contract, coupled with his less-than-spectacular play on the court, makes any deal involving him difficult to sell to another team.
If the report is true, had the Spurs traded with Portland, they would have gotten older by adding Miller but Batum would have been a nice addition adding youth and athleticism. Plus the Spurs could have used the 21st pick to possibly select a player such as USC's Nicola Vucevic.
However, Spurs GM R.C. Buford shot down any reports the team was shopping any players and I spoke to Parker at Steve Nash's Showdown in Chinatown in New York City and he reiterated his desire to stay in San Antonio and that the Spurs front office has not contacted him regarding any deal.
It would appear a deal involving Parker could be still on the table as the NBA Draft nears.
Thoughts Spurs fans? Think Parker will still be a Spur after the draft tomorrow?
By now everyone has heard of the reported trade rumor involving San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker. Reports had him being traded to the Sacramento Kings, or Toronto Raptors for their high draft picks in tomorrow's NBA Draft.
Some speculated this was due to Parker's comments he made to the French media on the Spurs' championship window, the age of the team and how he is the team's best trade asset.
However, Spurs GM R.C. Buford said the Spurs are not shopping anyone while another Spurs' official said they were just gauging the interest from teams calling about Parker.
Today, at Steve Nash's Showdown in Chinatown charity soccer event in New York City, Parker spoke on the rumor.
During the media session, Parker was asked if he wanted to be traded and said he loves San Antonio and hopes he can stay with the team. He understood the NBA is a business but reiterated his hopes to stay with the Spurs.
Parker also said he has been with San Antonio for 10 years and reminded the media he resigned with the team for four more years.
As the media session continued, I got to further ask Parker on the trade rumor.
Jeff: Tony were you shocked about the trade rumors?
Tony: The NBA is a business and I can't control that. I'm not even worried about that. You can't control that. Hopefully I can stay in San Antonio. I love it over there.
Jeff: Have R.C. (Buford) or Pop (Spurs coach Gregg Popovich) talked to you since the trade rumors came out?
Parker also said he hopes to still be a Spur come Friday after the NBA Draft.
Will Parker be a Spur after the draft remains to be seen. On one hand you have Buford shooting down any reports of the team shopping him and on the other Parker saying the team has not contacted him regarding said rumor.
As they say, stay tuned!
As trade talks continue to build leading into Thursday's NBA draft, the San Antonio Spurs are trying to move up into a higher draft position, reports ESPN's Chad Ford. The player being mentioned this time is not the Spurs' starting point guard Tony Parker, but instead backup point guard George Hill.
Among the teams who have made calls? The Rockets (who are offering picks Nos. 14 and 23), the Pacers (offering No. 15 and Brandon Rush), the Knicks (No. 17 and Toney Douglas) and the Spurs (George Hill).
Sources say the Rockets and Spurs are interested in Jonas Valanciunas if he ends up sliding. The Spurs are also eying Washington State's Klay Thompson, according to sources.
The Bobcats are in the most interesting situation. They are are actually trying to package picks Nos. 9 and 19 to move up a few spots to get a shot at drafting Leonard. However, if Leonard is off the board the Bobcats may be inclined to do a deal with Houston or San Antonio.
I don't think the Bucks or Warriors are inclined to do the Spurs trade, as George Hill doesn't hold a huge appeal to either team.
Jonas Valanciunas is a 6'11, 240 pound center from Lithuania. Klay Thompson is a 6'7, 206 pound shooting guard/small forward out of Washington State. The Milwaukee Bucks (10th pick) are projected to take Thompson while the Utah Jazz (12th) are projected to take Valanciunas. Both projections come from NBADraft.net.
Earlier in the day, Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) was the first to tweet the Spurs were looking to trade Hill for either: Milwaukee's 10th pick, Golden State's 11th pick, or Utah's 12th pick. The rumored scenario makes more sense now, since the players Ford mentioned are expected to be picked in two of those three picks.
Ever since Yahoo reporter Adrian Wojnarowski sparked the internet rumor that the San Antonio Spurs were looking to trade point guard Tony Parker, madness has ensued in the internet world. There was the initial report of Parker to the Kings or Raptors for the fifth or seventh pick. Then this morning, there was a report of the Kings offering forward Omri Casspi in a deal for Parker. Finally, right before noon, another report broke out that Parker could only be traded if Richard Jefferson was included in the deal as well.
Mike Monroe of the San Antonio Express news has made communication with Spurs General Manager R.C. Buford on all of the madness that has been going on.
“We’re not shopping anyone,” Buford said, via text message. “We’ve received calls on a lot of our guys and we’ve answered the phone.”
An executive of a team not involved in the discussions said he had no knowledge that the Spurs were seeking deals for Parker, but confirmed the belief they were “gauging the interest” of teams that called about him.
A basketball executive of another team said the Spurs were unwilling to discuss trading Parker to the Raptors unless they agreed to also consider taking small forward Richard Jefferson.
As for the Parker to Sacramento rumor from this morning, Monroe got more incite.
An NBA official familiar with the Kings’ discussions with the Spurs called a deal involving Parker “a long shot.”
As the clock keeps ticking until tomorrow nights NBA Draft in New York, there will still be several other rumors and "sources say" reports inflowing throughout the internet. Project Spurs will continue to deliver the fastest information possible leading into Thursday's draft.
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A source on twitter, @DraftExpress, recently said the Spurs have offered George Hill to either: Milwaukee for their 10th pick, Golden State for their 11th pick, or Utah for their 12th pick.
Rumor, speculation, or is there some truth to it? The remaining two days will remain very interesting.
NEW YORK CITY - Phoenix Suns All-Star guard Steve Nash is in New York City today for his annual Showdown in Chinatown presented by Ortsbo.
The Showdown is a charity soccer match with professional athletes such as Milwaukee Bucks' Brandon Jennings, Suns' Marcin Gortat, retired US Soccer player Claudio Reyna among others which include San Antonio Spurs' Tony Parker participating in the event.
This year's Showdown - the fourth - will benefit early education work with Educare.
While at the press conference, the panel fielded many questions ranging from Nash's fondest memories playing with Shaquille O'Neal, what Gortat is focusing on to improve his game in the offseason, to which album was better, Michael Jackson's "Thriller" or "Off the Wall."
When it was my turn to grab the mic, I had a chance to ask Jennings which player is tougher to guard: Parker or Nash. Did he choose Parker? Find out.