After getting bounced out of the Playoffs for the second year in the row, and now being a sweep from the Phoenix Suns many things have started coming out, rumors if you will on the San Antonio Spurs.
What kind of rumors you may ask, well that of trade talks, or players being traded. I don’t mind the talk but one of which is a player that I know the Spurs front office would not do is trade away Tony Parker.
Yeah those rumors have started.
Spurs General Manager R.C. Buford sat down with, Fanhouse.com and talked about those rumors.
“The speculation on Tony is placed outside of our organization and not internally,” said Buford, who said he wouldn’t have to even answer questions about Parker’s future had he not had injuries and that the Spurs “would be crazy not to want a player like (Parker) in our program for a long time.”
When I heard that Parker’s name was even considered in some sort of speculation like this I had a feeling that it was not true, a rumor. I can see Parker being with San Antonio for years to come. The article went on to state that the reason why the said speculation came about is the play of guard George Hill.
We all saw it, Parker went down, Hill filled in nicely.
Chris Tomasson from Fanhouse states another reason why this speculation came out:
Perhaps another reason for speculation has been due to the play of Hill, who increased his scoring average from 5.7 to 12.4 in his second NBA season and was tied for second in voting for the NBA’s Most Improved Player. Hill filled in admirably at the point when Parker was out and also started at times alongside him.
I can see how that could come about. Parker has been the starting point guard for San Antonio for nine years, he knows the system, he knows how things run. He is San Antoino’s guy.
Parker has been nagging injuries and many also feel that he wasn’t himself this season. He told Fanhouse:
“Nobody likes to be hurt, that’s for sure,” said Parker, who indicated he’s “leaning” toward taking the summer off and not playing for France in the World Championships and will make that decision in about a week. “I’ve been very lucky never to have had a big injury and won three championships. It’s hard to get mad. If you look at everybody’s career, there’s always one or two years you’re hurt. … It was a little bit of a down year because I was hurt so the percentages are with me for next year.”
Parker also went on to make it clear that he wants to stay in San Antonio for a while.
“My heart is in San Antonio.”
That is what we like to hear Parker.