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Tony Parker signs to play for team he co-owns in France

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Tony Parker was able to work out a deal with Tony Parker that Tony Parker found acceptable and now Tony Parker will be playing in France if the lockout drags out.

Parker, the Spurs point guard, has signed a deal to play for ASVEL Villeurbanne, the team he co-owns in France, during the lockout, according to Sportando.

It will be formally announced at a press conference on Thursday.

In the meantime, at Radio Montecarlo, Parker confirmed the deal: ‘Today I can say that I signed with ASVEL for the lockout period. I took my decision on Monday. For me it is a big honor to return to France and it is a logical choice to play for ASVEL”. As reported by, Parker accepted to play for the minimum salary, €1.500 per month and paid his own insurance. ‘I had a rich offer from China and an important one from Barcelona, but I said since the beginning I would have played just in France’ said Parker.

Parker will miss the team’s first game but will debut against Paris-Levallois. Parker played for France during the EuroBasket and was the best guard in the tournament, leading France to a third place finish and a spot in next summer’s pre-Olympics qualifying tournament.

Gordon Hayward goes behind Jordan Clarkson’s back with dribble

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Utah’s Gordon Hayward abused the Lakers’ Jordan Clarkson on this play.

First, Hayward reads and steals Clarkson’s poor feed into the post intended for Kobe Bryant, then going up the sideline he takes his dribble behind Clarkson’s back to keep going. It all ends in a Rudy Gobert dunk.

Three quick takeaways here:

1) Gordon Hayward is a lot better than many fans realize. He can lead this team.

2) It’s still all about the development with Clarkson, and that’s going to mean some hard lessons.

3) Hayward may have the best hair in the NBA, even if it’s going a bit Macklemore.

(Hat tip reddit)

Could Tristan Thompson’s holdout last months? Windhorst says yes.

2015 NBA Finals - Game Five
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VIZZINI: “So, it is down to you. And it is down to me.”
MAN IN BLACK nods and comes nearer…
MAN IN BLACK: “Perhaps an arrangement can be reached.”
VIZZINI: “There will be no arrangement…”
MAN IN BLACK: “But if there can be no arrangement, then we are at an impasse.”

That farcical scene from The Princess Bride pretty much sums up where we are with the Tristan Thompson holdout with the Cleveland Cavaliers, minus the Iocane powder. (Although that scene was a battle of wits in the movie and this process seems to lack much wit.) The Cavaliers have put a five-year, $80 million offer on the table. Thompson wants a max deal (or at least a more than has been offered), but he also doesn’t want to play for the qualifying offer and didn’t sign it. LeBron James just wants the two sides just to get it done.

Brian Windhorst of ESPN thinks LeBron could be very disappointed.

Windhorst was on the Zach Lowe podcast at Grantland (which you should be listening to anyway) and had this to say about the Thompson holdout:

“I actually believe it will probably go months. This will go well into the regular season.”

Windhorst compared it to a similar situation back in 2007 with Anderson Varejao, which eventually only broke because the then Charlotte Bobcats signed Varejao to an offer sheet. Thompson is a restricted free agent, meaning the Cavaliers can match any offer, but only Portland and Philadelphia have the cap space right now to offer him a max contract. Neither team has shown any interest in doing so.

And so we wait. And we may be waiting a while.