Since the beginning of the off-season, San Antonio Spurs’ guard, Tony Parker, has been mentioned in trade rumors with the New York Knicks. Add another Parker to Knicks rumor to the list.
With reports stating the Knicks are close to signing free-agent Amar’e Stoudamire, could Parker be next for the Knicks?
According to the nydailynews.com, Parker and Stoudemire are scheming to play together in New York:
When it dawns on Amar’e Stoudemire that he’ll no longer be running the pick-and-roll with Steve Nash, he might not want to join the Knicks. That’s why it’s Donnie Walsh’s job to find Stoudemire a running mate and the player expected to be targeted is Tony Parker.
As the Daily News reported in April, the Spurs’ point guard is hoping to be traded to the Knicks and has long wanted to play with Stoudemire. A person close to both players said Stoudemire and Parker hatched a plan to join forces in either Miami or New York.
“It’s perfect for Tony because he wants to be in New York and he wants to play with Amar’e,” said the source.
Parker is under contract with the Spurs and if a move were to happen, it must be through a trade.
If the report is true, then the likely candidate would be Knicks’ free-agent David Lee in a sign-and-trade. However, reports state Lee is leaning towards signing with the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Although the Spurs would like more in return for Parker should he be traded to New York, the Knicks do have Eddy Curry’s expiring contract which is at $11.2 million dollars which could be enticing for the Spurs who could be looking for salary-cap relief.