In a recent interview with www.basketusa.com, San Antonio Spurs’ guard, Tony Parker, was asked about his future with the Spurs and his thoughts on the trade rumors surrounding him:
Parker on his last contract season with the Spurs:
I prefer to wait [before renegotiating]. See what all the “fat” will do. I’m in no hurry. And I love San Antonio and I want to stay for my last year of his contract, play another year with Tim, Manu and then be a free agent and evaluate the situation.
Parker on whether he will leave the Spurs at the end of next season:
It will be 10 years at the end of next year I played in San Antonio. It would be a nice loop and maybe a good challenge for me to go elsewhere. If I leave, I can make another career, eight, nine years in another club.
Parker on the trade rumors and saying the Portland Trailblazers were interested in him:
It is normal that I am in the rumors. It is I who have the largest value in the team. I talked to Pop, ‘he told me that I’m not going anywhere. New York and Portland were the two most serious runway is true, but San Antonio has said no.
Smart move by Pop and the team. Trading Parker would be a bad move. He is someone who is familiar with the team and the players. Plus he is still one of the top point-guards in the NBA and with the league “point-guard” driven, losing Parker would be a step back for the Spurs regardless of guard George Hill on the squad.
(above quotes translated using Google Translate)