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Kennedy: Blazers Nearly Traded For Spurs G Tony Parker?

Alex Kennedy of HoopsWorld.com reports... ------------------------- The San Antonio Spurs and Portland Trail Blazers nearly completed a blockbuster trade on Wednesday afternoon, but the deal fell apart in the late stages. San Antonio was prepared to ship Tony Parker and the #29 pick to Portland in exchange for Andre Miller, Nicolas Batum and the #21 pick, but the trade died when the Spurs insisted that Richard Jefferson somehow be included in the deal. Other players would have been included in the trade to make salaries work. Talks have quieted for now, but they could pick back up tomorrow if one of the teams has a change of heart. ------------------------- Jefferson has roughly three years and $30 million remaining on his contract so matching that contract number isn't that easy. Including Blazers center Marcus Camby would make it work (ESPN Trade Machine link here) but that would leave Portland with an out of position LaMarcus Aldridge and the skinny winny Chris Johnson (plus Greg Oden) as the only remaining centers on the roster. Using Gerald Wallace in place of Camby would also work (ESPN Trade Machine link here) but would leave Portland with the decrepit Jefferson and untested Luke Babbitt, or an out of position Brandon Roy or Wesley Matthews, to fill the three spot. In either of those scenarios, Portland would be giving up three starting quality players for one All-Star and a terrible contract. Earlier Wednesday, Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News said he thinks any Parker trade is "unlikely." He also posted a blanket denial of shopping players from Spurs GM R.C. Buford here. Update: Ken Berger of CBSSports.com reports... ---------------------- Spurs officials continue to do what they're paid to do -- find out what their players are worth on the trade market. That's all the Tony Parker speculation is, several rival execs believe. "You know and I know they're not trading Tony Parker," one GM said. "You can't get anything close to equal value for him." ---------------------- Update (Part II): Joe Freeman of The Oregonian reports on Twitter: "For Blazers fans dreaming about Tony Parker in a Blazers uniform, my sources say you should give up the dream. Not happening." -- Ben Golliver | benjamin.golliver@gmail.com | Twitter
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