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Having whiffed in the LeBron James sweepstakes, and the 2013-14 season already circling the drain at 9-19, the Knicks have set their sights on the summer of 2015, when their plans could include a certain French All-Star from San Antonio.
Per a recent report by ESPN’s Brian Windhorst
, the Knicks hope to not only bring back their own aging All-Star, Carmelo Anthony, but to sign as many as two from a crop of free-agent targets that include Tony Parker. Also on their wish list — with the emphasis on wish — are Kevin Love, LaMarcus Aldridge, Roy Hibbert, Marc Gasol and Rajon Rondo.
It promises to be an interesting juncture in Parker’s career. Not only will he be looking for what will likely be his last significant payday at 33, Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili — whom he will have played with for 14 and 13 seasons, respectively — will probably retire, leaving him as the last remaining pillar from the championship years should he choose to return. Then there’s the matter of coach/mentor Gregg Popovich, who will be 66 at that point.
For a worldly, cosmopolitan soul like his, New York City — the site of his nearly tragic eye injury
two summers ago — could be a dream location. At the same time, the Knicks have been mismanaged tabloid fodder for more than a decade now. In other words, pretty much the opposite of the Spurs, the only team Parker has ever known.
Having stated his hopes of playing until he’s 38, at which point he will have played in the NBA for 20 years, it’s hard to imagine Parker in any other uniform.
He’s already proven his loyalty to the Spurs, signing a pair of extensions for less than market value to remain in San Antonio. Parker spoke before the start of the 2012-13 season of his hope that the Spurs will reciprocate during the latter stage of his career. Then there was his declaration that San Antonio is home in a 2012 Sports Illustrated feature.
There are almost no sure things in NBA free agency, particularly with the opportunity to sign a huge deal in a glamour market. But it’s difficult to imagine Parker would view the woebegone Knicks as a desirable option given what he’s become accustomed to in San Antonio.