Tony Parker and Spurs Agree to Contract Extension
The San Antonio Spurs may be getting older, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll be getting any worse. And as long as their group of old guys keeps winning NBA championships like they did during the 2013-14 NBA season, it makes perfect sense to keep them around.
The Spurs’ brass made sure to do just that with at least one key element of their starting lineup, as they reportedly came to terms with star point guard Tony Parker on a new deal. The team announced the new extension on Friday.
Per reports, the extension is over the next three years and should keep him in grey and black through the 2017-18 NBA season. Still in his prime at 32 years of age, Parker would still be under contract through his age 35 season. From there, the Spurs could make a decision as to whether or not an aging Parker would have enough left in the tank to continue as the team’s main point guard. Either way, the two sides could potentially agree on a new, different deal that would keep Parker in a different role at a discount price.
For now, Parker is still being compensated like the quality starting point guard that he is, as he’s scheduled to pull in over $45 million over the next three years of his new deal. While Parker took a backseat to head coach Gregg Popovich’s late-game decision-making at times, he still remains a vital part of what figures to remain a title contender going into the next few years.
Parker is just one piece to the puzzle, and the Spurs could have more decision-making to do when it comes to player contracts next off-season. For one, star big man Tim Duncan is entering the final year of his current contract at 38 years of age, while shooting guard Manu Ginobili just turned 37 and will also have his contract come off the books at the end of the upcoming season.
It could be the end of a dynasty one way or another, as the Spurs could opt not to bring either back, or both players could also decide to retire. Getting Parker locked up for the next four seasons suggests just the opposite, however, as the Spurs put on a clinic last year on how to play efficient team basketball. Provided Duncan and Ginobili are still healthy and playing at a high level this year, they could also see extensions.
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