Frenchman joins Duncan and Ginobili in continuing after last year’s success.
San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker has signed a multi-year contract extension as he confirms that the franchise’s Big Three will continue to chase success for another season at least.
“So happy,” Parker told the San Antonio Express-News. “Spurs for life!”
The Frenchman has spent all 13 of his NBA seasons in San Antonio and has developed into one of the best point guards in the league as well as helping the Spurs to four of their five NBA titles.
Despite turning 32 in May, Parker has shown few signs of decline after averaging 16.7 points and 5.7 assists in 29 minutes per game last season prior to helping the Spurs overcome the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals.
As a result, there were few doubts over whether or not he would decide to return, but the same wasn’t said for both Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili, who are 39 and 37 respectively.
Nevertheless, both veterans will extend their stay after agreeing to either opt in to the final year of their contract or sign an extension earlier this summer while coach Gregg Popovich will also return along with the likes of Boris Diaw and Patty Mills to keep the championship-winning side together.
However, despite all the positives to come out of the off-season thus far, the Spurs still have a vital bit of of business to attend to which involves the Finals MVP, Kawhi Leonard.
Leonard is eligible for an extension on his rookie deal and Popovich has made no secret of his vision that the youngster is going to be the new face of the franchise when the likes of Duncan and Ginobili move on.
Regardless, the Spurs still have a significant amount of time to resolve the issue as they until October 31 to sign him to a new deal.