More trade rumors! Will they ever end?
The San Antonio Spurs had an ignominious first round exit after finishing with the best record in the Western Conference last season, bowing out to the Memphis Grizzlies in six games. Memphis exposed San Antonio's inability to get rebounds and play solid defense down the stretch with Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol, and the Spurs might be looking to the future (essentially the post-Tim Duncan era) and how they can best cope with their current deficiencies.
Their most valuable trading chip is point guard Tony Parker. At 29, Parker is still a solid slasher and a starting point guard in the league, and the Spurs might dangle him for the option to land more draft picks. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports reports that two teams that have inquired about Parker include the Sacramento Kings (with the seventh pick) and the Toronto Raptors (with the fifth pick). The Kings need a point guard, and you'd figure they'd give up Beno Udrih and the 7th pick if they were to land Parker. As for what they'd do with the pick, the Spurs might have their eye on Kawhi Leonard or Chris Singleton to try move back to the defensive orientation that won them titles, but that's all speculation.
Should the Kings do whatever it takes to get Parker, even if it means giving up the 7th pick? Should the Spurs make a deal with the Kings to get that pick? Let us know in the comments, NBA fans!
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