Tony Parker to Spurs: "I want to stay here."

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NBA_Parker.jpgTony Parker has been rumored to want to play for the Knicks.

Well, who hasn’t. There has been everything but Brett Favre to the Knicks rumors (and would that one shock you?).

But the Tony Parker ones make some sense — he’s be a great fit in the Mike D’Antoni system, he’s in the last year of his contract and the Spurs have George Hill at point, who started in front of Parker in the playoffs anyway. Plus Parker has a glamorous wife, so clearly she’d only want to live in New York. The logic is inescapable. (To New Yorkers.)

Then Parker comes out at Spurs media day and throws bouquets to San Antonio, as tweeted at the official Spurs account.

“I hope Spurs fans know I want to stay here… I’m going to take Manu’s example from last year.”

Ginobili signed an extension and will be with the Spurs the next three seasons, rather than test the free agent market.

Does that mean Parker will be back for sure? No.

Depends on his health, and how much he and the Spurs are on the same page financially. Ginobili said he thought Parker would stay. Parker was pretty vague about whether he would sign an extension, saying at one point “We’ll see.”

But Parker is not going to let Knicks rumors run wild this season. As much as one can control such a thing. So, no rumors until the Spurs visit the Knicks, I guess.

Mark Cuban suggests supplemental draft for undrafted free agents

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A lot of people around the NBA have ideas to improve the draft, free agency and the D-League, and Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has never been shy about sharing his. His latest idea seems pretty logical: a supplemental draft for undrafted free agents.

Via Hoops Rumors:

“I would have a supplemental draft every summer for undrafted free agents of the current and previous 3 years,” Cuban wrote in an email to Hoops Rumors. “If you are more than 3 years out you are not eligible and just a free agent.”

The supplemental draft would have two rounds, and teams would hold the rights to the players they select for two years, Cuban added. Players can opt out and choose not to make themselves eligible, but those who get picked would receive fully guaranteed minimum-salary contracts when they sign, according to Cuban’s proposal.

“That would make it fun a few weeks after the draft and pre-summer league,” Cuban wrote. “It would prevent some of the insanity that goes on to build summer league rosters.”

It’s an interesting proposition. Most undrafted players who sign during the summer don’t get guaranteed contracts, so when deciding to enter this supplemental draft, they would have to weigh the value of having guaranteed money versus getting to decide where they sign. It’s unlikely that anything like this could happen anytime soon, because of all the hoops to jump through to get the league and the players’ union to sign off on it, but it’s a worthwhile idea that deserves some consideration in the next CBA negotiations.