On the eve of the NBA draft, the San Antonio Spurs are shopping star point guard Tony Parker to teams around the league according to sources with Yahoo Sports.
In return, the Spurs would like to get a high draft pick for their 29-year old, former NBA Finals MVP.
Among the teams that the Spurs are reportedly talking to include the Toronto Raptors and the Sacramento Kings. The Raptors hold the number 5 pick, while the Kings hold the number 7 pick.
While the Yahoo report does not mention who the Spurs would like to draft at the 5 or 7 spot, two players stand out who can fill positions of need for the Spurs.
They are point guard Uconn point guard Kemba Walker, who could replace a potential Parker departure, and power forward Jan Vesely. Vesely could learn from Spurs big man Tim Duncan forming a tandem with him, with backup George Hill replacing Parker at point guard in this case.
The top four picks in tomorrow's draft have generally been assumed to be Duke point guard Kyrie Irving, Arizona Power Forward Derrick Williams, Kentucky point guard Brandon Knight, and international center Enes Kanter.
Mock drafts from Draft Express, nbadraft.net, and ESPN currently project Walker and Vesely going anywhere from 5-7, right within the range that the Spurs are looking for.
If the potential trade goes through, the Spurs would lose a three-time NBA All star who helped guide the team to three championships alongside Tim Duncan.
In fact, Parker just recently signed a four-year contract extension that will make him $12.5 million a year.
However, the Spurs have failed to make it past the second round of the NBA playoffs in the past three seasons, most recently losing a first round series to the eighth seeded Memphis Grizzlies in six games.
After losing in the playoffs, Parker made some disparaging remarks about the Spur's championship chances to French Newspaper L'Equipe (translated by FIBA) saying, We will always have a good team but can no longer say we're playing for a championship.
The Spurs may be looking to rebuild the team for one last run around the 35-year old Tim Duncan, who likely only has a few playing years left in him. Trading Parker would be the first in doing just that.