The San Antonio Spurs just keep on Spurs’in.
Star point guard Tony Parker has reportedly signed a three-year, $43.3 million extension that will be tacked onto the existing one-year and $12.5 million that are remaining from his previous contract. The new deal will start with the 2015-16 season.
The 32-year old point guard has been consistently great for head coach Gregg Popovich’s consistently contending Spurs teams over the past thirteen seasons, and despite being banged up a little more as the miles tick upwards, has showed little to no signs of slowing down.
Parker has made three straight All-Star teams and six over the past nine seasons. He is rarely lumped in as a “top point guard” when conversations include the likes of Derrick Rose, Russell Westbrook, Kyrie Irving, and others, despite being the healthiest and most consistent of the lot of them. This contract ensures that Parker will be around for the twilight of the great Tim Duncan‘s career, as well as Kawhi Leonard‘s transition into the prime of his own.
The Spurs should be every bit as much of a force next year as they were while winning the Finals this past summer. Duncan and Ginobili are each a year older, but the former has essentially already made the transition away from being a focal point on the offensive end of the floor and into an even more impactful role on defense, and the latter had a fantastic bounce-back campaign after a rough go of it in the 2013 playoffs.
Parker is currently the key to the Spurs’ continued success; he’s the glue that holds the young Finals MVP in Leonard and the top-fifteen all-time player in Duncan together. It simply would not have been right for Parker to end up with any other NBA organization, and it seems likely that he will ride off into the Texas sunset as a career-long Spur.