With the NBA wiping out all preseason games, and an extended lockout looming, San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker announced early Wednesday he will join his French team ASVEL.
Parker’s announcement came by a tweet on his personal Twitter page at 3:45 a.m. CT. (Hat tip: Spurs Nation)
“Going to play in France !!! Let’s go ASVEL !!!! De retour en France pour jouer avec l’ASVEL !!!!”
ASVEL Villeurbanne officially announces the arrival of Parker, the French play-maker is also the vice president/director of basketball operations for the ASVEL team.
He will pay the insurance from his own pocket and will only earn $1,995 per month which is the minimum salary in Pro A.
Parker will be based in Villeurbanne, near Lyon in southeast France., he told the French sports daily L’Equipe that it is a good idea to come back and play in France.
The contract has an opt-out for Parker to return to the Spurs as soon as the lockout ends.
For his NBA career, Parker is averaging 16.7 points, 5.7 assists and 3.1 rebounds in 746 games with the Spurs.