Rumor: Tony Parker to Pacers for Troy Murphy, Brandon Rush, and draft pick
With only two teams left playing ball, the rumors are starting to fly. Yesterday on his weekly ESPN.com chat, Chad Ford mentioned that one scenario floating out there is San Antonio sending Tony Parker to Indiana for the No. 10 pick, Troy Murphy and Brandon Rush.
HoopsVibe’s Quick Call: After their first round loss to the Phoenix Suns, the San Antonio Spurs are looking to shake things up.
And Tony Parker is the prime candidate to be moved because he has value on-court and on-the-books. After all, Parker can play. The jitterbug point guard still has the ‘quicks’ to get to the basket at will and can keep opposing defenses honest with his improving range.
Best of all, his $10 million contract expires next July, so whoever acquires him will also get some financial flexibility.
This specific deal with the Indiana Pacers is unlikely since they’d be giving up Rush, an athletic youngster, plus a lottery pick for one year with the Frenchman. Also, Murphy’s contract matches Parker’s with respect to term and money, killing any potential savings for Larry Bird’s squad.
Parker could well be dealt. It won’t be to the Pacers, though. By the way, what would Hollywood diva Eva Longoria, who is married to Parker, think of Indiana?
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