Tony Parker is expected to miss at least half of the 2017-2018 season and it is the last year of his contract. The Spurs will be paying Parker over 15 million and it is a slight possibility that he could miss the entire season. The recovery time for his torn tendon is 6-8 months, not factoring his age or any possible setbacks that may occur. He also wouldn’t be in basketball shape or rhythm immediately as well, not the best audition in a contract year.
2) Chris Paul:
Rumors have been swirling around that Paul may be interested in joining the Spurs. This may be a long shot but if it did happen that would likely spell the end of Parker in San Antonio or at least a rather decreased role for the vet. The Spurs would go most of the year with Paul and likely Patty Mills backing him up--if they are able to re-sign Mills. The likelihood that Paul would leave the Clippers and the 200 million max contract seems slim but stranger things have happened in the NBA off season before.
1) Parker’s Resilience:
Parker has vowed that he will be back and ready to play by January and you can’t underestimate the heart of this champion. The more interesting part of his recent statement revolved around him not having a problem coming off the bench for the Spurs. He said he wouldn’t mind a decreased role similar to Manu Ginobili, that he just wants to help the team. This attitude should make Parker fans optimistic about his future with the Spurs, he isn’t set on being a starter as much as he is set on being a winner. Parker will be back!