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NBA Lines – Spurs Looking To Trade Parker

Posted by Brett Nielson on 6/23/2011 8:25:18 AM

The San Antonio Spurs are marketing their aging point guard Tony Parker for early first-round draft picks.

NBA Lines
2010-11 Season
San Antonio Spurs vs. NBA: 61-21
San Antonio Spurs vs. Pacific: 10-6

NorthBet Numbers: San Antonio Spurs were 44-36-2 ATS this season.

Just days before the NBA Draft, there have been multiple reports claiming that the San Antonio Spurs are looking to trade Tony Parker for an early draft pick.

According to sources close to the situation, a few teams have already shown their interest in trading their lottery selections for the 29-year-old point guard.

The Toronto Raptors have had discussions with San Antonio, preparing to deal their 5th overall draft seed for the aging point guard. The Sacramento Kings have also shown interest in Parker, as they are ready to give the Spurs their 7th overall pick.

However, the Raptors seem to be the more interested of the two teams, as Sacramento is already paying their starting point guard Beno Udrih nearly $7 million. Should the Kings land the trade, they would be paying over $20 million at that position alone (Parker is set to make $50 million over the next four years).

But since Tony Parker is not the oldest starting in San Antonio, one might wonder why the Spurs are offering to trade him so soon. Well, it has been heavily rumoured that his early send-off is directly related to his disappointing faith in the team’s future.

“Parker told French reporters last month that he thought the Spur’ chances at a title had ended… (He) was equally candid about San Antonio’s diminishing title hopes in training camp last October. He said then that he felt the upcoming season was the last chance for the Spurs to win a fifth championship in the Duncan era, again pointing to the team’s aging core.” (ESPN)

Nielson Notice: If the San Antonio Spurs do trade away Tony Parker and choose not to draft an NBA lines guard, they would be left with George Hill as their starting point guard.

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