HoopsHype ASVEL rumors

October 6, 2011 Updates

In Parker the player, Parker the general manager got quite a steal. The three-time All-Star, slated to earn $12.5 million in the NBA this season, will play for $1,995 per month in France. “I’ll be playing nearly for free,” Parker told the French daily L’Equipe. “If I play the entire season, we’ll go for the title.” Whether the 29-year-old Parker actually appears in an ASVEL uniform at all largely will be determined at the collective bargaining table, where NBA owners and its players union face a Monday deadline to settle their dispute before regular-season games must be canceled or delayed. San Antonio Express-News

October 4, 2011 Updates

Tony Parker signed in Asvel (Lyon, France). He will not play this weekend but the next against Paris Twitter

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

September 30, 2011 Updates
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August 23, 2011 Updates

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

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