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Parker signs long-term deal with Spurs

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  1. jacs

    jacs I'd Hit It

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    By T.A. BADGER, Associated Press Writer


    SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- Before last season, the San Antonio Spurs wanted to push Tony Parker aside to make room for Jason Kidd at point guard.

    This week the Spurs made a big commitment to the 22-year-old Frenchman: a six-year contract extension reportedly worth $66 million.

    The deal was finalized late Monday night, within a few hours of the league's signing deadline. Had an agreement not been reached, Parker would have become a restricted free agent at the end of this season.

    ``I'm very, very happy. There has been a lot of stress the last couple of days, and I'm just so happy it's hard to express in words,'' Parker said Tuesday at a news conference. ``The last two or three days I thought it was finished and was not going to happen.''

    For San Antonio, the signing locks up the team's top three players -- Parker, two-time MVP Tim Duncan and Argentine guard Manu Ginobili -- for the rest of the decade.

    Duncan signed a seven-year, $122 million deal last year, while Olympic gold medalist Ginobili agreed in July to a six-year pact estimated at $52 million.

    Negotiations between the Spurs and Parker bogged down as the signing deadline approached, and on Monday, an agreement did not look likely.

    Team chairman Peter Holt had dug in his heels on his offer of $64 million over six years, while Parker gradually lowered his price to $66 million in an effort to get the deal done.

    ``It was just time for me to make the right decision, and I'm glad I did,'' Holt said. ``Tony is a key component to our success over the last three years. I started looking at that and realizing how important he is to this team.''

    Parker, who is close with Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, said publicly that he wanted to stay with the Spurs. He said his agent, Marc Fleisher, had urged him to test his value on the free-agent market.

    ``Every year we are going to play in the playoffs and every year we have a shot to win the championship,'' Parker said. ``That's most important for me. It's not making $85 million and playing for the Hawks or the Clippers and be sad every day.''

    Popovich, who led the effort to land Kidd after the 2002-03 season, helped to persuade Holt to sign Parker. So did Duncan, and Parker is eager to show his appreciation.

    ``I'm just going to pass him the ball a little bit more,'' Parker said.

    The Spurs drafted Parker, then 19 and playing in France, in 2001.

    As the youngest player ever for San Antonio, the team planned to bring him along slowly. Five games into the 2001-02 season, however, he took over at point guard.

    He made the All-Rookie team in 2002, and was the team's second-leading scorer behind Duncan when the Spurs won the NBA championship in 2003.

    Parker has averaged 13.1 points and 5.0 assists per game in his three-year NBA career.

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  2. SoTex

    SoTex Giddy Up

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    Are you a Spurs fan jacs?
  3. jacs

    jacs I'd Hit It

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    yes i am :cool:
  4. SoTex

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    Nice. I knew I liked you for some reason. [IMG]
  5. Danny White

    Danny White Winter is Coming

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    Spurs Dynasty Baby!
  6. SoTex

    SoTex Giddy Up

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    You too DW? I went to the opener last night. Looking good.
  7. jacs

    jacs I'd Hit It

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    we gave the queens a nice kick in arse [IMG]
  8. SoTex

    SoTex Giddy Up

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    Yep. Manu and Tim looked good. Barry is going to be the x factor this year. If he hits his shots, the Spurs will be tough.
  9. jacs

    jacs I'd Hit It

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    i wonder how bad the arse whoopin would have been if Tony wouldnt have had an offnight :D
  10. jacs

    jacs I'd Hit It

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    btw can i say arse?
  11. SoTex

    SoTex Giddy Up

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    You bet your arse.......
  12. jacs

    jacs I'd Hit It

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    [IMG] bring on the Lakers

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    is there an cowboyszone fantasy league?
  13. jacs

    jacs I'd Hit It

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    im going RKelly on this one

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  14. TruBlueCowboy

    TruBlueCowboy New Member

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    I was so afraid the Spurs were going to lose either Manu or TParker. We've got the next NBA dynasty going now. That damn Lakers series was ours last year. :mad: One of the craziest games I've ever watched in any sport was game 5 of the Lakers series last year. I've been watching the Spurs ever since I moved to San Antonio about 15 years ago. There have been some heartbreaking moments. The Lakers series last year. The year we had the best record in the NBA but were swept by the Lakers. The series against the Rockets when we blew the 2-0 lead. But I've gotta believe the stars are finally lining up in the right positions. LOL Can't wait to see what Duncan, Manu, TPark and the rest of the gang do over the next few years.
  15. jacs

    jacs I'd Hit It

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    [IMG] i was worried that Tony was going to test free agency but now we have the 3 main guys locked up for 6 years and that series vs the lakers last year was fudged up [IMG]
  16. TruBlueCowboy

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    What's really nice about the Spurs so far this year is our offense. We've always had the defense but the Spurs are ripping teams apart. They look like the Kings or Mavs out there scoring 100+ pts a night. LOL
  17. jacs

    jacs I'd Hit It

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    yes it is, its the Manu and Tim show :D

    but with defense :D
  18. jacs

    jacs I'd Hit It

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    If someone wants to join a NBA fanstasy league and dont forget to prerank the players and i will be changing the status to ready on friday

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