On the value of not trading Tony Parker
Wayne Vore, the bald-headed honcho helming Spurs Planet, sent an email reminding me of why it’s best not to listen to offseason prognosticators.
Thus spake Vorathustra:
Back before the  draft [some] were claiming that reputable sources had the Spurs trading TP to the Pacers for the #9 pick and parts.Â One of those parts is about to get cut…
If the Spurs had made a trade for a draft pick it would have meant they were giving up on the season.
Now, go look at that draft board.Â Find me one player that could help the Spurs this season.Â You won’t find any.Â Not one.Â You won’t find one player on there that is better for the Spurs — this year — than Blair.
No team trying to win is trading a vet for a pick.Â None.Â Not one.Â You can’t win with rookies.
I think this is true as far as it goes, and stands as a cautionary tale of not turning one’s back on a good thing. But the key here is in the time-stamp phrase “this season.” If someone wants to quibble with Vore, that’s their invitation, right?
But here’s my challenge to our readers: twist that phrase however you’d like, and I suspect you’ll find his point stands.
Looking back on the draft board it’s difficult to argue with Wayne. Maybe one can pluck 3 or 4 names from the list that they’d rather have two seasons from now than Tony Parker. But none of those player’s were up for discussion at the time. And, aside from Wall, any such list is drinking deeply from the wells of potential. Â In 5 years, Tony Parker will have remained a better player than nearly every name on the draft board.
Our lesson for the day? Sobriety is smart.