HoopsHype ASVEL rumors
Why did you decide to come back to play in France? Tony Parker: I must admit that at the end of the NBA season, I couldn’t picture myself playing with ASVEL. But during the summer, I started talking with French National Team teammates: Boris Diaw, Batum. Starting from there, the idea of playing in France became real. Then, coming back from the Eurobasket, when I noticed all the passion surrounding our silver medal, I figured it would be a good idea. My family, my friends, wouldn’t stop telling me, "Come on, come back, we’ll be able to see you play." I realized there may not be another opportunity to come play in France. RMC Sport
What are the financial terms? Tony Parker: I reached an agreement for my insurance two days ago. I will play in France for the minimum salary. I am going to earn 1,500 euros a month. I will pay for my insurance. I didn’t want ASVEL to pay anything. Hadn't I received my insurance, I would have stayed in San Antonio. I had big offers from China, a nice one from Barcelona. But I said from the beginning: It’s in France and nowhere else. RMC Sport
"In the next days I will see my lawyers and we will see how many chance I have to return to Europe. Insurance companies are happy because any NBA player got injured during Eurobasket so they are not going to raise the prices. I hope I can negotiate a good price. For sure, If I sign with ASVEL, I am going to pay by my own the cost of the insurance" said Tony Parker. Sportando
The San Antonio Spurs would undoubtedly prefer to see them playing together in South Texas, but the prospect of Tony Parker and longtime Spurs favorite Omri Casspi teaming up in France is very much alive. Sources close to the situation told ESPN.com on Monday that Casspi is giving strong consideration to signing with ASVEL in France's top division. That's the same ASVEL club which claims Parker as a co-owner and as its vice president of basketball operations. ESPN.com
But ASVEL, situated in the Lyon suburb of Villeurbanne, does have one clear advantage: Casspi and Parker share the same agent. They're both represented by CAA's Steven Heumann. ESPN.com
“There have been discussions," Laurent Foirest, Tony Parker's right hand at ASVEL, said. "But for now, we can’t match the financial claims of the player who demanded $ 40 000 per month in Maccabi. If he wants to come in our club (Asvel), we aren’t against it, but he will have to review his requirements down.” 20minutes.fr
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