Tony Parker swore he did not want to leave the Spurs, and he has a new contract to finally prove it.
The Spurs signed Parker to a multiyear extension Saturday that preserves their three-time NBA champion core of Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and the star point guard, and puts an abrupt end to what would have undoubtedly been a season of speculation.
The extension is for $50 million over four years, according to Parker’s website.
Less than one week after tempers flared during a two-on-two game in practice, Delonte West and Von Wafer had another altercation earlier this afternoon.
During a three-on-three game with Avery Bradley, Luke Harangody, Semih Erden and assistant coach Tyronn Lue, West began fouling Wafer each time the reserve guard touched the ball.
West was increasingly physical to the point that Wafer exited to the locker room midway through the game. As he walked away, West barked obscenities and taunted Wafer.
After Wafer had showered and sat down at his locker, West approached from behind and threw a punch. Wafer didn’t see the punch coming but quickly got off of the ground and connected on two punches of his own. He then wrestled West to the ground before being separated by the team’s veterans.
Oklahoma City Thunder general manager Sam Presti confirmed that contract negotiations between the team and representatives for Jeff Green have ended.
Green will become a restricted free agent during the summer of 2011.
“Signing a player to an extension is certainly a positive but has become more unique,” Presti said.
“We explored the concept and had positive dialogue, but we will have to revisit the discussions in the future.”
“I totally understand it,” Green said Thursday. “There are a whole lot of reasons it couldn’t get done right now, but I’m not worried about it. I’m just thinking about this season and what I’ve got to do.”
Rodney Stuckey will not sign a contract extension with the Pistons before the Nov. 1st deadline, according to sources.
Among other factors, Stuckey’s situation is complicated by an ownership change in Detroit, sources said.
The season is only a few days old and the Magic are already tired of hearing about how good the Heat are going to be.
“Honestly, I’m sick of listening every hour about Miami — Miami that, how great they are, how big they are, what kind of record they gonna have,” said center Marcin Gortat.
“I get every day interviews back in Poland, people calling me about Miami, Miami, what you think about Miami? What you think about Big Three? I’m going to say the same thing: they are a great team, they have three superstars, they got a couple good role players on the team.
“They looking good on the paper, but they got to start winning.”
A few months after dismissing ticket sales staffers, the Heat are now the hottest ticket in Miami.
In what has always been considered a football town, the Heat are hotter than perhaps ever before. A pair of courtside seats to the game against Orlando sold on StubHub.com for the whopping sum of $25,884, company spokesman Glenn Lehrman said.
StubHub’s data showed that the average price for any seat was $325. For last year’s opener against New York — and remember, the Knicks have a strong fan base in Miami with all the transplanted New Yorkers, plus are a draw because of the history between the franchises — the average ticket price was a mere $50, Lehrman said.
The NBA draft is leaving Madison Square Garden and commissioner David Stern offered no guarantees as to when or if the event will return to the Big Apple.
NBA Draft Stage 2006
Stern announced on Wednesday night that the league will hold its draft at the Prudential Center in Newark on June 23. The New Jersey Nets will play their home games at the Prudential Center for the next two years before a planned move to Brooklyn. The draft has been held at Madison Square Garden since 2001.