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Could the Spanish Armada become the French Connection?

Lots of posts about offseason moves lately, so I can take this down if need be. But I haven't seen this idea mentioned yet and thought it deserved its own thread.

Before anybody jumps on me too hard, I'm basing this idea on one major assumption: San Antonio is a smaller market team. With nearly $64 million already committed to their 5 most expensive players for next year, and a luxury tax expected in the area of $68 million, something has to give.

That said, George Hill's emergence in the second half of the season and the playoffs has seemingly made Tony Parker expendable for San Antonio. If they feel Hill could be their future starting PG, they may be ammenable to trading Parker this offseason rather than pay him $13.6 million only to see him go into free agency.

A trade centered around Andre Miller for Tony Parker could work in both teams' best interests. Miller + Webster for Parker would give San Antonio a good weakside shooter to replace Mason, Bonner, and Bogans depending on who they lose. Miller + Prz for Parker would increase San Antonio's cap number but probably help their cash situation if Joel's contract is paid by insurance. San Antonio might demand Rudy in a deal for Parker, which we should probably consider, though making San Antonio TOO good could hurt us in the long run. 

I like Miller and think he's done a good job this year, but he's getting old and we need a PG of the future. Can't miss a chance to get someone like Tony Parker. Not to mention Parker and Batum should have some mojo playing with the French team. A move like this could rejuvenate Rudy a bit (if he's not included in the trade) because that's a team that's destined to run. Might mean we need a new coach, though. I think whoever we move along with Miller is pretty easily replaced through free agency anyway.

Bottom line is that Miller could start for them, doing a lot of the things Parker does for less money. They groom Hill in a bench role for one more year until he's ready to take over full-time when Miller's contract expires. Parker becomes our PG for the next 4-5 years. He's 28 in a couple of weeks, and not as fast as he used to be, but I think this improves our team.

I don't know, just thinking out loud I guess. What do you guys/gals think? Seems like a reasobable deal financially and strategically for both teams.

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