To Trade or not to Trade?
After the recent posts of Tony Parker's interview with the French Interview, I decided to express my thoughts on the Tony Parker situation. I want to make it clear that I feel that trading Tony is one of the worst things that the Spurs could do!
That brings me to the question of "What is best for Tony Parker?" In reviewing the comments made whenever a trade for Tony was suggested(not just on PTR but around the web), I believe Tony is heading into a new win situation. If he is not traded and the Spurs do not win the championship, a lot of people will blame him. If the Spurs win the championship, they will not have the money to pay Tony what he deserves.
A San Antonio Express News writer was one of the first to propose trading Tony in the Spring of 2010. He was surprised at the number of non-negative remarks he received. So was I. Tony has done a lot for the Spurs and can continue to do so in the years to come. One of his most important aspects is that he knows Pop's system and can work with Pop. If you remember, the big problem that Devin Harris and Jason Kidd had with Avery Johnson, was not wanting to follow his play calling. How many of the top PG's currently in the NBA would fit into and follow Pop's system?(Please comment). Also consider how many have 9 years of experience in the playoffs with three finals appearances. Experience does make a difference. I feel that the Thunder was a better team than the Lakers but their lack of experience hurt them. A lot of people stated that Tony has only done so well because of Timmy and Manu. Tony agrees. But that is true across the NBA now. There must be at least 2 or 3 All Star level players on a team for them to go deep in the playoffs(or as the 2004 Pistons illustrated a team full of mid-level talent willing to work hard together).
This brings me to my next point. Could Tony do better on another team. I believe that Tony could do well with just about any of the other NBA teams out there. As he stated in his interview, he plans to be in the best shape possible this year. Paired with another All Star, he could take a team deep into the playoffs(especially in the Eastern Conference). As stated above, Tony has 9 years of experience and knowledge of the NBA behind him. He is a hard worker. He knows how to work with other superstars. Which team, with what other star do you think Tony would do best with?
Now I have seen several comments that Tony no longer totally acts as a Spur. Unfortunately I would have to agree with those sentiments. I believe it started in 2007 and has gotten worse. I call it the "Longoria Effect". I think she is the "source" close to Tony stirring up all the rumours. She is the one who would benefit most from him moving to the New York or Los Angeles area.
As a long time Tony Parker fan and a die hard Spurs fan, I would hate for them to part ways. But sometimes even the best of friends have to go their seperate ways.