Parker Explains Why He Has Sacrificed Money To Remain With Spurs
Tony Parker, Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili each have signed contracts with the San Antonio Spurs for less than they would likely receive on the open market.
The Spurs have had those three players as their core for a decade and have successfully been able to reload their supporting cast.
"Everybody asks me that," Parker said Thursday. "I was talking with a couple of my friends and they were asking that. I was like, I don't know. I think it's just the atmosphere here, the family atmosphere. For me personally, why I did it was because, deep down in my heart I know Pop will take care of me until the end of my career. So that's why I felt like I can take less now and help the team out. And we were able to sign Danny [Green] and Boris [Diaw]. And I know when I get a little bit older, I know Pop will take care of me. I really feel that."
The Thunder were unable to keep their core together as Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook signed max contracts, and Sam Presti was unable to agree on terms with James Harden.
"On the one hand, you can take less money like I did, like what Manu did, and stay with a winning team," Parker said. "Or you can do your own thing and be your own man, like [Tracy] McGrady, and try to be a superstar and want to make the All-Star team, and [Harden] decided to do that. I wish him luck. Both ways, you can't go wrong. It depends who you want to be.
"A lot of people ask me, 'How are you so successful in San Antonio?' Because, I say, we did a lot of sacrifice. When you look at Manu, Manu did a lot of sacrifice to stay here. I did the same thing. Sometimes when you want to win championships, you have to do that."
one of if not the best ran franchises in sports the loyalty the players show too stay part of the family is very rare these days
thats potentially a 10 percent increase in net income. Plus lower city and county taxes. Florida and Texas have those advantages on all other states.
I dont think guys should take less, make the owner take less. We always say whats a couple mill to a 50 million dollar deal, but whats a couple mill to a billionaire who is 65 anyway.
Does Parker really think he is going to be taken care of in some financial way once he is too old to contribute on the basketball court? I think staying with the Spurs is a great idea because winning is a really nice thing for an athlete to get a chance to do. But what is this "getting taken care of"? Does it mean that he gets a cushy coaching job after he is done playing? If that is part of the deal then this circumvents the salary cap. Or does he mean that he will get help with good players being on the team making him look good?
The state tax issue is huge as well. It isn't just the salary from the team, but it also helps with endorsement income and all the other business ventures you are going to have in your home state.
I don't think Parker means financially. He means all the intangibles. He trusts that the team won't put him in trade talks. He trusts that they won't cut him minutes when he can still play effectively. He trusts that the team is commited to winning while Duncan and Manu are still around.
Parker is also making an underlying point.... they are sacrificing money, but they are also sacrificing personal stats and stardom.
Harden will probably have an exceptional season this year. Who knows what Manu or TP's statlines would have been in a similar situations?