Tony Parker may play for ASVEL if lockout is not settled soon

San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker may play in France if the NBA lockout takes longer than expected.

According to BasketUSA , Parker said that if the season don’t resume by December or January and the NBA is talking about the possibility of cancelling then season, then he would return to France and play for ASVEL.

He played four seasons in the French league before coming to the NBA, and he is part owner of a team.

While there is a lot of talk of NBA players going overseas, it appears to be most of them are on a wait and see mode.

Nonetheless, if the 2011-2012 season is totally wiped out, then these NBA stars  might just go abroad to look for possible teams that will have interest in taking their talents.

At least one big name NBA player has already gone overseas. Deron Williams has already signed a contract with a Turkish team Besiktas in Istanbul, with an opt out option that will allow him to return to the NBA once the season resumes.

However, it is more likely that the big clubs in Europe will target second and third tier NBA players to bolster their lineup rather than going for a superstar that might leave them in the middle of an ongoing tournament.

The reason for this is because a lot of teams in Europe already have good rosters filled with well paid players, if they can add one or two quality players that will commit for a full season, then it will be for their best interest.

For example, former Spurs backup point guard Chris Quinn has already signed a one year contract with BC Khimki, to play in Russia.

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves yet, most international players that are currently under contract with an NBA team, are now focused on helping their respective countries at the Olympic qualifiers.

With their insurance already secured, Parker, together with Nicolas Batum and Joakim Noah will play for the French national team next month at the EuroBasket, as France tries to get a seat for the London Olympics in 2012.


9 thoughts on “Tony Parker may play for ASVEL if lockout is not settled soon

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  2. It’s understandable for Parker to do this when the lockout takes too long. But he must make sure he comes back to the Spurs as soon as the NBA season resumes.

  3. The NBA has not handled the lockout situation properly, it’s getting out of hand. If the season does not resume by January, then we may not see a 2011-2012 NBA season.

    With FIBA clearing the way, NBA players have to freedom to play and earn money overseas where competition is a lot less tougher. The NBA must get their acts together real fast.

  4. I’m sure that Parker will only do this for drastic measures and just a temporary option. The NBA has some real issues to resolve. David Stern needs to do his job.

  5. This is a logical choice for Parker, since he a part owner of asvel he can comeback to the Spurs one the season resumes. I hope the NBA will really try to end this lockout soon.

  6. If the lockout drags on, I’m afraid a lot of NBA players will seek possible jobs overseas. Especially since FIBA stated that they will clear the way for this NBA players to play overseas.

    Stern has a lot on his plate right now. It’s about time he makes a significant move.

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