San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker wants to return for another NBA season.
Tony Parker saw his role change for the first time since joining the San Antonio Spurs in 2001. Dejounte Murray, the organization’s first-round pick in 2016, took over the starting point guard role in the second half of the 2017-18 season, pushing Parker to the bench; he remained there for the rest of the campaign and the 2018 playoffs.
With San Antonio’s postseason run over, Parker’s future officially sits in the balance. His contract expires at the start of the NBA’s New Year, making him a free agent.
However, after Tuesday’s Game 5 loss to the Golden State Warriors, Parker said he wants to return for another season and “would be okay” backing up Murray, according to NBA TV and TNT’s David Aldridge. The Frenchman said in February he wanted to re-sign with the Spurs.
— David Aldridge (@daldridgetnt) April 25, 2018
If Parker returns, it would be for an 18th NBA season. Even with Manu Ginobili‘s age and longevity, the 35-year old remains the longest-tenured member of the team.
The 2017-18 season saw career-lows across the board, however, as Parker had 7.7 points, 3.5 assists and 1.6 rebounds per game in 19.5 minutes. He also shot just 27 percent from 3-point range.
It would be a surprise to see Parker improve on these numbers, if the team opts to re-sign and put him behind Murray for the 2018-19 season. Another point guard could be acquired this offseason, too, that joins the mix. If that happens, what will it mean for the four-time champion’s role?
Parker will be one of multiple Spurs that can hit free agency in July. The status of not just him but other players, may not come to fruition until after the playoffs end in June, along with the 2018 NBA Draft weeks later. Will San Antonio bring back one of their all-time greats?