Tony Parker trade rumors are again headlining ESPN. The latest Tony Parker trade rumor has the San Antonio Spurs trading Parker to the New York Knicks, possibly in a sign-and-trade deal that would involve David Lee coming back to the Spurs. There had been rumors about Parker possibly being involved in a trade out of San Antonio as soon as the season ended for the Spurs, but now the rumors are getting strong enough for ESPN to headline it in their trade rumors section. It was also reported by the New York Daily News that it would be a really good pairing if the Knicks were able to sign Amare Stoudemire and then complete a trade to bring Parker up to New York with him.
It’s hard to go wrong with two NBA All-Stars on the court at the same time, and Parker is the open-court type of point guard that Stoudemire has been used to playing with. Is a team led by just Parker and Stoudemire enough to make the New York Knicks contenders in the 2010-11 season though? It still really seems like the Knicks would need to add another major piece to make this a relevant solution, and if not a third superstar, then it would need to be a great role player. Like maybe Ray Allen? If something like this did play out though, where two Western Conference All Stars made their way to the Eastern Conference, it could quite possibly aide in shifting the balance of power away from the Western Conference next season.
A bigger hitch in the Tony Parker trade rumors is not just involving the New York Knicks though, but more along the lines of what the San Antonio Spurs would want in return. The latest rumors have them courting David Lee, and playing him alongside Tim Duncan in the same fashion that David Robinson used to do. Lee is definitely a proven NBA All-Star, putting up 20.2 points per game and 11.7 rebounds per game last season. Having him at center on the same court with Tim Duncan could really spread the floor and keep that team in complete control of rebounding every night.
It almost makes sense, but this is also Lee’s first time into free agency, so he might want a rather large contract in any sign-and-trade deals. Both teams need to do something quickly, and maybe this trade could actually help both teams quite a bit. A hitch for New York could be that Parker is a free agent after 2010-11 as well, so a new contract with Parker might need to be completed before the trade becomes official.