There have been tons of recent reports that link Tony Parker with the Knicks, but most not having much of a foundation on how Parker would end up with the Knicks.
Well, the Knicks can count their players returning on one hand and the Spurs are trying to get younger. With the emergence of George Hill and with Parker in the last year of his contract Parker is slowly getting more and more available. Personally, I think moving Parker would be absurd considering he is still relatively young and a former Finals MVP and has flourished in Popp’s system, but the Spurs are old and desperately need to get younger, and out of the big 3 Parker is going to be the easiest to move.
The Knicks could possibly throw in one our two useless second round picks along with David Lee in a sign-and-trade after July 1 to help persuade this summer’s free agent class to sign with us.
Alan Hahn from Newsday has already speculated that Lee for Parker is certainly a possibility, and it surprisingly would make a lot of sense for both teams.
The Spurs drafted their PF of the future in Dejuan Blair last season, and after the failed McDyess experiment the Spurs need another big body to complete with the Lakers in the West. Duncan is a center, regardless of what he is listed as and starting him at the 5 with Lee/Blair at the 4 would match up quite well with the Lakers, which is the ultimate goal.
Now on the Knicks side of things adding Parker is a huge risk because he only has a year left on his contract, but at the same time players in their contract years typically play at their highest level so that is certainly a plus. Our current squad lacks veteran leadership and Parker would provide that. Adding Parker and two max free agents would easily propel the Knicks to the top of the Eastern Conference.
So if both teams get better, why not?