Every team loves to hear that their nucleus will be sticking together until each and every one of them decide to retire and hang their basketball careers up. For Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker, it seems to be inevitable that these three will surely be playing with each other when the time comes, at least for two of them.
Parker will be a free agent come 2015 and their are rumors swirling around that the New York Knicks would be considering pursuing the point guard. Parker has express his thoughts on the ESPN Report with Jabari Young of the San Antonio Express-News.
In the initial statement with Young, Parker has not been shy to state that his top choice is staying with San Antonio but is though, keeping his options open.
Parker on him staying with San Antonio (Via Jabari Young and San Antonio Express-News):
“If I can yeah”, Parker told the San Antonio Express-News. “The history here, they always take care of the guys. They did it with [Tim Duncan] and Manu [Ginobili], so hopefully they take care of me. At the end of this year they have to guarantee my year after, so, technically, maybe, I’ll be a free agent this summer.”
This season is no different from past for Parker as he is the leader and the engine that makes the team run. This season he is averaging just under 18 a game and 6 assists. In 2010, he signed a 5-year contract extension worth $50 million.
Parker goes on to tell Young that he does not want just a guarantee, he also wants an extension. All of this though will depend on Coach Pop and how much longer he will be with the team. For Parker, he stated that he needs to stay positive for whatever happens in the future but still, was atimant about finishing up his career in San Antonio.
“I want to stay positive,” Parker said, “but if it doesn’t work out, then it doesn’t work out. My wish is to stay here and play my whole career here, but if there is no more Pop or Timmy or Manu, I’m not against going somewhere. I’m not against that.”
Sound off. Spurs fans what are your thoughts on Parker possibly finishing his career with another team?