At an earlier post, Tony Parker was quoted as saying “I don’t think this current team will play for the title in the future. We are aging. We must be realistic. It was sort of our last chance this season.”
As if to answer Parker, Spurs general manager R.C. Buford said: “Who knows what the motivation is to say something like that, I’m not going to get caught up in comments.
All I can say is that we’re going to continue to build our team and try to be as good as we can be in the future.”
Parker also said he understands it will be difficult for the Spurs to improve through trades because of the nature of the team’s contracts.
“We don’t have many players that can be traded, and we’re going to have to be lucky during the draft,” he said. “But Pop always makes the right choices.”
Parker also acknowledged that, as a 29-year-old three-time All-Star with a hefty contract, he has more trade value than his teammates.
“If they have a player they can trade, it is clearly me,” he said, “but Pop told me I will not go anywhere, so we’ll see.
Obviously, the NBA is a business. You have to be ready for everything.
“That being said, I don’t think they would have signed me for four more years to trade me, but you just never know.”
Buford understands that Parker’s comments are apt to spawn another round of trade speculation.
“I can’t control that,” he said, “and I’m not going to worry about it. We’re just going to move forward and work to improve the team.”
As a Spurs fan, one must be proud on the way how things are handled in San Antonio, R.C. Buford is one of the better general managers in the league.
Together with coach Gregg Popovich, he has shaped the Spurs into a great team, and is responsible for keeping Tim Duncan in San Antonio, re-signing of Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili and the drafting of George Hill and DeJuan Blair.
He was responsible for the core of the team that finished best in the West with a 61-21 record in the NBA and has won three titles in the 2000’s.
We don’t know for sure what will happen in the offseason, especially with an impending lockout. But needless to say, these current developments makes the Spurs’ summer a little more interesting.