There are legitimate questions about how much Tony Parker has left in the tank. He was already slowing down when he suffered an injury in the playoffs this year that will have him sidelined until next January at least. At age 35, how much can he do after that?
Parker, however, is thinking he’s got a couple more seasons in him — and he wants to spend them with the Spurs. Look at what he told French site RMC Sport in a recent interview (via News 4 San Antonio).
“Mentally, you must be strong to come back from an injury like this,” he said. “I do not want people to think it was my last game, that I was not going to come back, because in my head, I will come back….
“I hope that the Spurs will offer me a final contract. I will be entering my final contract year, it will be the first time in my career that I will be free-agent. I’ve already said it several times, I want to play three more seasons, do the 20 seasons with the Spurs, and I think it’s two decades. I want to continue to perform well on the floor.”
Parker is set to make $15.4 million next season (and no, the Spurs are not going to kick one of their favorite players to the curb in pursuit of Chris Paul, is that how they have ever operated? Did you see how much they paid Manu Ginobili last year?).
Would the Spurs keep him beyond that? Depends on how he bounces back from the injury, and how much he would demand on the open market. But don’t be shocked if it happens, even if Parker’s role decreases.