Despite injury, Tony Parker hopeful Spurs will offer him new contract

San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker (9) drives past New Orleans Pelicans guard Buddy Hield (24) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Friday, Jan. 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Tyler Kaufman)

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San Antonio Spurs' Tony Parker is on the mend after surgery to repair a torn left quadriceps muscle suffered during the 2017 postseason. He is projected to return to the court in January of next season and says he will be better than before.

Not only is he facing rehab and starting next season late, he will also be facing his final contract season with San Antonio.

Yet, despite his injury, he is hoping to avoid free agency and that San Antonio will offer him a new contract in an interview with French site RMC Sport.

"I hope that the Spurs will offer me a final contract."
"I will be entering my final contract year, it will be the first time in my career that I will be free-agent. I've already said it several times, I want to play three more seasons, do the 20 seasons with the Spurs, and I think it's two decades. I want to continue to perform well on the floor."

The Spurs will likely re-sign TP to a new deal after next season for all that he has given to San Antonio. However, the team shouldn't break the bank and offer him some hefty contract which could hamper their future goals.

His age, his injury, how he performs next season after surgery, the team's youth movement (Dejounte Murray), and the addition of possible future free agents (Chris Paul?) will play a part in what San Antonio will offer him.

Parker will retire a Spur. The Spurs won't let him walk much like the team did with Manu Ginobili last offseason where he was courted heavily by Philadelphia. The question is how will they go about it?

As for his injury, Parker is still positive and is looking forward to returning the the court.

Mentally, you must be strong to come back from an injury like this. I do not want people to think it was my last game, that I was not going to come back, because in my head, I will come back."
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