When it comes to the San Antonio Spurs legendary run in the NBA dating back almost 20 years now, French point guard Tony Parker has played an intergral role in the Spurs’ success over the course of the past decade and a half.
Drafted 28th overall by the Spurs back in 2001, Parker has spent his entire career in San Antonio, starting out as a bit of an irritant to coach Popovich, but later becoming one of the franchise’s most important pieces alongside Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili.
Because of his tenure in San Antonio, Parker is one of the NBA’s most decorated point guards in the league, winning four championship rings with the Spurs, as well as having six All-Star nods and a Finals MVP trophy under his belt. But according to TP, his time playing for the Spurs could be coming to an end, and he’s not talking about retirement.
Speaking with RMC Sports, Parker told them that he plans to play at least another three seasons in the NBA before he hangs them up, and would be open to a move to another team if the Spurs don’t want to re-sign him, even though he would love to finish his career in SA:
“It is not yet sure that I’ll stay with the Spurs. I am open to all proposals, I would like to have my entire career in San Antonio.
The sport is a business and we will have to make choices. I had 17 years with the Spurs, I would always be nostalgic but this is not the end of the world if I change my club. I figure two to three years more, if I go somewhere else, I’m 50-50. I do not see myself outside basketball yet I want to stay three more years to do the 20 seasons.”
Parker’s role for San Antonio has been lessened over the past season or two, taking a backseat to upstart point guard Dejounte Murray after injuring his leg in the 2017 playoffs.