There have been a lot of buzz surrounding Parker’s future with the Spurs. According to several reports, the Spurs’ floor general could end up playing for another team next season. Most recently, news surfaced that Parker might be traded to the New York Knicks or the Indiana Pacers. Regardless, the Spurs have gone on the record to keep Parker in San Antonio and Parker has expressed his desire to remain in San Antonio.
There are many factors why Parker is a target of trade rumors. His contract is expiring next season, he is a proven winner, he is still young and much more which makes him the most tradeable asset for the Spurs at this time. Factor in the emergence of guard George Hill and it makes for some to believe that Parker might be expandable.
Speaking of Hill, the Spurs made their strong run towards the end of the regular season with Parker out with an injury and Hill as their starting point guard. This continued in the playoffs when coach Gregg Popovich decided to stick with Hill as the starter against the Dallas Mavericks essentially making Parker as their number one option off the bench.
Hill averaged 12.4 points and 2.9 assists on 47.8% field goal shooting in 78 regular season games. As a starter, he was even better as his numbers went up to 15.3 points and 3.6 assist on 48.6% shooting from the field in 43 starts. He solidified his mark in the series against the Mavericks as he averaged 14.3 points and 3.8 rebounds on 50% shooting as the Spurs beat Dallas in six games.
Nevertheless the questions remains: are the Spurs better off trading Parker? He is still one of the elite point-guards in NBA and should the Spurs decide to trade him, will Hill be ready to take the reigns at the starting point-guard? Right now the answer would have to be “no.”
What do you guys think? If a trade is to happen, which player or players should the Spurs target in exchange for Parker or do you believe that Hill is ready as the team’s full-time floor general. Send us your thoughts.